Mars Needs Moms

Mars Needs Moms
Mars Needs Moms
  • PG
  • 1h 28m
  • 2011
Rotten37%
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From Disney and Academy Award®-winner Robert Zemeckis (Best Director,Forrest Gump, 1994) comes the craziest adventure this side of the galaxy - Mars Needs Moms. Take out the trash, eat your broccoli - who needs moms anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. In a race against time and oxygen, his quest to save her knows no bounds. And with some unexpected help, Milo just might find his way back to her - in more ways than one. It's a thrilling journey that's pure, out-of-this-world crazy fun.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten37%
Critics Consensus: The cast is solid and it's visually well-crafted, but Mars Needs Moms suffers from a lack of imagination and heart.
Reviews
indieWire
Leonard Maltin
Fresh

As with a good live-action movie, it all begins with the script, and this one is solid-well though...

March 2, 2019
The Age (Australia)
Jake Wilson
Rotten

The credited director is Simon Wells (The Time Machine), but the grotesque characters and dark act...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Philip French
Rotten

Children are unlikely to enjoy it, and parents will be aching for a few stiff drinks in a Mars bar...

June 22, 2017
London Evening Standard
David Sexton
Rotten

It's an interplanetary clunker.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Surprisingly touching adventure has sad moments amid comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated 3-D adventure comedy based on the book by Berkeley Breathed is occasionally frightening -- and scenes in which it looks as though the Mom character has died could be quite upsetting for younger viewers -- but it has a very strong message about unconditional love. Because the animation is based on motion-capture technology, some of the tenser scenes (chases, a near execution, close calls with death) seem more realistic and may affect younger kids more than regular computer-generated animation. Expect a few insults ("stupid," "idiot," etc.) and very mild flirting between a female alien and a man who's grown up on Mars. Moms will particularly appreciate the movie's biggest take away: Even when they nag kids to do their chores or send them to bed without a treat, moms love their kids and would do anything to ensure their safety.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:March 11, 2011
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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