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Mars Needs Moms

HD   G Closed Captioning

Simon Wells

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About the Movie

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. Complete with intergalactic bonus features, it's a thrilling journey that's pure, out-of-this-world crazy fun.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 111
  • Fresh: 41
  • Rotten: 70
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Mike Hale, New York Times, Mar 11, 2011

Rotten: 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. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Aug 16, 2011

Rotten: Aside from a relatively brief appearance by Joan Cusack's avatar as the kidnapped mother, there are no involving characters or situations. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Mar 11, 2011

Fresh: 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. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Mar 11, 2011

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Customer Reviews


There is really nothing to say about "Mars Needs Moms" other than the fact that it's a bland, unoriginal, and obnoxious retelling of a lesser-known children's book by Berkeley Breathed (the creator of "Opus"). Aside from the undeniably impressive animation, the characters are easily forgettable, the pacing of the story is inconsistent, and the level of excitement and interest is mediocre at best. In other words, nothing in this movie does anything that hasn't been done in countless other animated films. It's a shame that the complete box office failure of "Mars" had to result in the downfall of the studio that produced it (Image Movers Digital), but that's beside the point. There are much better and more entertaining animated movies than this in the iTunes store. Although, if you still aren't sure whether you want to buy or rent this film, just watch the trailer and you'll see what I mean.


I loved this movie. Saw it in the theatre and it was a 3rd choice....but after watching the entire movie....I vote it as the years best. This movie has a great moral point in the end and if my 3 year old understood the moral should adults. Thank u for making a movie that was clean, honest, full of forgiveness, love and well....I just loved it. I want to get this movie for Mothers day for my sisters, friends, mom, sister in-laws...basically every mother I know. Whoever wrote this movie must love their mother! Thank u!!!! Thumbs up from me!!!!


this movie demonstrates what is fundamentally unsettling yet accurate about the uncanny valley theory.

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