After Martians kidnap his mother, a nine-year-old boy (Seth Green) joins forces with a tech-savvy human (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian (Elizabeth Harnois) to rescue her.
" 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. "
" Talk about setting the bar too low, especially in a movie that kids will be watching. "
" If Breathed's style could have been applied to the animation, this offbeat story would have a better chance at success. Instead, we're left with a kids' movie that leaves audiences cold. "
" They took a small story, made it complicated and burdensome, filmed some actors performing it, turned those actors into affectless, mechanical cartoons, converted it to 3-D, and dropped it in theaters. Wheeee! "
" Mars Needs Moms isn't much of a movie, but it's a great teaching tool for how not to make an animated film. "
" Red and Battle: Convoluted story, motion capture sucks warmth out of every scene "
" Mars Needs Moms is precisely the sort of mess that just grows more depressing the more one ruminates on it. "
" The film looks neither fully real nor fully imagined, which could be forgiven if Mars Needs Moms had something more to offer besides its nifty technology. "
" The 'Polar Express'-style CG-meets-live-action visuals are creepy and flat, the characters are largely nonexistent and the story takes so many short cuts that it becomes meaningless... "
" Even though Mars Needs Moms isn't female-friendly, mothers looking for quality time with 6- to 12-year-old boys could do worse than book group passage there soon. "
" Mars may need moms, but Earth needs good movies, and this isn't one of them. "
" 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. "
" So, okay, men are completely irresponsible slobs, which is why women need to be unceasing nags. Check. Great message for the kids. "
" "Mars'' needs Mom more than the filmmakers seem to realize. "
" This is just a big rollercoaster of a movie, filled with dazzling effects and funny creatures and the requisite five-hankie "I love you, Mom" ending. But then, there are some weird gender political battles at play here. "
" "Mars Needs Moms" doesn't crash-land into "Yogi Bear" territory, but it definitely doesn't soar to "Toy Story 3" heights of animated grandeur. "
" The movie is hampered by uninteresting characters, a predictable story and 3-D technology, which darkens even the brightest colors and detracts from the vibrancy of the tale. "
" Aside from a relatively brief appearance by Joan Cusack's avatar as the kidnapped mother, there are no involving characters or situations. "
" While Wells's ice-blue color scheme borrows from both "Tron" films and a litany of "Star Trek" episodes, a majestic musical score by the great composer John Powell somehow makes everything old feel fresh and wondrous again. "
" Families may be pleasantly surprised to find this an often thrilling and imaginative ride for younger kids with a big helping of heart for parents. "
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