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Mars Needs Moms Synopsis
A tech-savvy Earthman and a rebel Martian join a boy's quest to rescue his kidnapped mother.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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By abrown925
It's been a long time since I've so thoroughly enjoyed a movie all my children could watch. Even movies geared towards kids often have a vile villain, or scary fight scenes. While there was suspense,...

Great movie for kids and families

By HuskerinAZ
Looking for more than an occasional laugh at toilet humor or jokes you hope your kids won't understand? Want to take your kids to a movie with positive messages and no gratuitous profanity or...

Martians Needs A Big Momma

By rawvibes
Every so often a bunch of kids are born on mars. The supervisor (Mindy Sterling) has made a decision to steal moms from Earth. Their first target, Milo’s house. Milo after an argument not to eat his...

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By Therumrunner5

not so great

By diet pepsi
well i love a good disney movie exspeualy a good animated disney movie the problem with this movie was this was just not a good disney animated movie it was sad slow and very boring for me and that...

Excellent, emotional, beautiful, and funny

By Winthers2
This was an amazing film. . .the perfect length and with all the qualities to entertain all ages. It was touching on many levels (son and mom relationship, importance of family and appreciating those...

Mars Needs Moms

By cathy_conte
I thought the movie was adorable. Very cute; nice theme. Some pretty funny dialogue. Very cool how they did the "animation". Brought my 7 year old. Maybe a few parts were above her head, but she...

My boys enjoyed it

By briester1
My 4 and 7 year old boys enjoyed it, but since I paid for the tickets I would have liked to be entertained more. I was bored with it. To me there wasn't enough humor or action in it. In the...

Great family movie

By marizaa
I took my six year old daughter and 11 year old son and they both loved it. Great family movie. Made us all tear up a little bit. Left the theatre with a good feeling....

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Rated PG | For Sci-fi action and peril
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Surprisingly touching adventure has sad moments amid comedy.
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