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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie is also visually magnificent - modestly so. Plus, it's half the length of "Avatar."
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Washington Post

A majestic musical score by the great composer John Powell somehow makes everything old feel fresh and wondrous again.
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By Michelle Orange
I salute the effort to go somewhere strange in Mars Needs Moms; if only a fully realized idea - and not the same, barely concealed right-wing rap, different planet - had been the destination.
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
"Mars" needs Mom more than the filmmakers seem to realize.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
It's amazing to see, but potentially unsettling. Green is now 37. And it may be more than some mothers can take, imagining themselves cleaning up after their "little boy" when he's crowding 40.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
While not every family film can plant a flag here, the happily offbeat Mars Needs Moms turns out to be a charming, subversive, minor addition to the club.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The three most important things in movies are story, story, story so the movie never comes off as the considerable achievement it truly is.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Mars Needs Moms floats about 45 minutes' worth of story in an 88-minute ocean.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The movie has more charm when it's earthbound. Cusack and Green's mother-son repartee has sharp comic timing. Once the story veers off to space, it goes downhill.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
There's nothing to be said in favor of sitting through garbage, and this movie is awash in the stuff, both figuratively and literally: One of its main locales is a vast garbage dump.
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49 out of 100
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