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  • Summary: Take out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and "The Polar Express," "MarsTake out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and "The Polar Express," "Mars Needs Moms" showcases Milo's quest to save his mom—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader. With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble and a rebel Martian girl called Ki, Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one. Based on the book by Berkeley Breathed.(Walt Disney Pictures)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mar 9, 2011
    91
    The movie is also visually magnificent - modestly so. Plus, it's half the length of "Avatar."
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Mar 10, 2011
    75
    Any satirical points about contemporary gender roles get lost in a mad rush through the matriarchy's beautifully realized, Death Star-like gray fortress. It's a fun rush, though, and an intense one, too.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Mar 7, 2011
    70
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    Mars Needs Moms floats about 45 minutes' worth of story in an 88-minute ocean.
  5. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mar 12, 2011
    50
    The how-it-was-made demonstration may have been the most captivating part of Mars Needs Moms.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Mar 10, 2011
    40
    It seems that it's time to admit that dressing actors in LED-studded catsuits, asking them to give performances on sterile white sets and handing the results to a team of computer animators is not a way to make a good movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 11, 2011
    25
    Aside from a relatively brief appearance by Joan Cusack's avatar as the kidnapped mother, there are no involving characters or situations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. May 6, 2012
    10
    I have to say not one of Zemeckis's best. Some parts were a little bit cheesy but fun characters and some funny moments were enough to hold meI have to say not one of Zemeckis's best. Some parts were a little bit cheesy but fun characters and some funny moments were enough to hold me through to give it a good score. Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2012
    10
    best movie of 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Mar 17, 2011
    10
    This was a great family movie. Very entertaining and heart warming for kids and parents alike. My daughter wants to live on the Moon andThis was a great family movie. Very entertaining and heart warming for kids and parents alike. My daughter wants to live on the Moon and travel to Mars. So this was great fun. Also the 3D digital art work was fantastic. It seemd as if you were there with Milo. I am going to go see it again and also buy the new DVD. Thanks Disney and IMD! Expand
  4. Dec 7, 2012
    5
    I'm very surprised by the low critics and viewers ratings for this film. I thought it was nicely done and I actually enjoyed it. I will sayI'm very surprised by the low critics and viewers ratings for this film. I thought it was nicely done and I actually enjoyed it. I will say that the film was a little slow and uneventful at the beginning, but once the story unfolded a bit, I thought it was a lot of fun. I'm not quite sure who the target audience was for this and that probably explains the poor box office performance. I don't think young kids would have liked this film, and I don't think older kids would want to see it either; that's the only real negative thing about the film. But if you're a fan of motion capture animation I say check this out! Expand
  5. Jul 28, 2013
    4
    there is no story nothing really maybe I'm just dumb, stale, bland ,uninteresting i have more but u get the picture this is one of those awfulthere is no story nothing really maybe I'm just dumb, stale, bland ,uninteresting i have more but u get the picture this is one of those awful movies you watch at night when u cant really get to sleep then u wish u had just watch an infomercial. i like watching pretty much anything but these has to go to the dump Expand
  6. Oct 17, 2011
    3
    Wow Robert Zemeckis, are you serious? The SF king throwing this crap into the theaters? "Mars Needs Mom" is terrible. The story pace isWow Robert Zemeckis, are you serious? The SF king throwing this crap into the theaters? "Mars Needs Mom" is terrible. The story pace is inconsistent as well as its huge cliched ending. Don't watch it. Expand
  7. Mar 12, 2011
    0
    Just another bad movie nothing special at the least bit.

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