Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic 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: Sean O\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
    Mar 10, 2011
    75
    A majestic musical score by the great composer John Powell somehow makes everything old feel fresh and wondrous again.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Mar 10, 2011
    70
    The perfect family film in every way, moms, dads, kids and even those Martians are gonna love this funny, warm and wonderful tale.
  5. 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.
  6. 63
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Mar 10, 2011
    63
    "Mars" needs Mom more than the filmmakers seem to realize.
  8. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 9, 2011
    63
    Though light enough in tone, packed with good messages and delivering a couple of lovely, touching moments, "Mars" still has that plastic look that made you wish you were seeing the REAL Tom Hanks in "Polar Express" or the REAL Jim Carrey in "A Christmas Carol."
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 10, 2011
    60
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Mar 8, 2011
    60
    The three most important things in movies are story, story, story so the movie never comes off as the considerable achievement it truly is.
  11. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    Mar 8, 2011
    60
    A modestly enjoyable performance-capture creation bearing the unmistakable imprint of producer Robert Zemeckis.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Jody Mitori
    Mar 11, 2011
    50
    Mars Needs Moms is dark for a Disney movie.
  14. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    Mars Needs Moms floats about 45 minutes' worth of story in an 88-minute ocean.
  15. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    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.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 10, 2011
    40
    Instead of breathing life into cartoonist Berkeley Breathed's cheeky kids morality tale, the movie - with all its 3-D motion capture animation flash - flatlines.
  18. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 8, 2011
    40
    After the novelty of these backgrounds and comin'-at-ya bits wears off, Mars Needs Moms has to rely on Fogler's obnoxious Jack Black Jr. shtick, a weak subplot involving a '60s-obsessed Martian graffiti artist (Harnois) and rote video-game-y action sequences to carry it along-and that simply won't cut it.
  19. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 8, 2011
    40
    Imagination is in short supply, with rubbery heroes repeatedly plummeting (down chutes, primarily) or hopping and running in slow motion-images that (to state what has now become the obvious) are seldom enhanced by pedestrian IMAX 3-D effects.
  20. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 10, 2011
    38
    On the whole, I'd rather be on Pluto, which isn't even a planet.
  21. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 10, 2011
    30
    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.
  22. 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.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. 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 is inconsistent as well as its huge cliched ending. Don't watch it. Full Review »
  2. Mar 14, 2011
    1
    What is happening to Disney? Iâ
  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 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! Full Review »