The Mask Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
As a comedy, The Mask is genial, but its recycled plot is far too thin for the film to succeed as either an adventure or a spoof.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
March 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 1, 2001
In the end, those viewers who aren't big fans of Carrey, Diaz, or comic books probably won't miss much if they don't watch this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 10, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 21, 2003
Gimmicky, tiresome, and without any redeeming qualities. Diaz is nothing more than a pretty, smiling face.
| Original Score: 1/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
The story is unoriginal and dull, and the direction doesn't break anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Doesn't have any more material than a Tex Avery cartoon.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Carrey has yet to find the perfect vehicle for himself, but The Mask, while hardly as fantastic as it should have been, is a step in the right direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
June 8, 2003
Bright-eyed, crazily intense, irrepressibly silly, Mr. Carrey can be funny without fireworks. He deserves material clever enough to let him do just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
Carrey now has the clout to find a vehicle worthy of his hyperactive gooniness. When he does, we'll see if he's truly a jester for our time or simply the moron of the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 12, 2013
Adults should also be advised that the previews show most of the good effects, and are 100 minutes shorter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 18, 2007
Though the story has a certain universal appeal -- who hasn't felt like a useless jerk and wished to wake up capable of anything? -- the execution is oddly sour and distasteful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Wigler
Baltimore Sun
April 12, 2013
Carrey may be the finest comic to come along since Robin Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 12, 2013
Carrey, the star of the surprising hit Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and a regular on TV's In Living Color, acquits himself well in a part of sublime goofiness.
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
October 7, 2006
[It] wouldn't have been possible without Jim Carrey, who commands the physically demanding lead role with exuberant confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The Mask is a perfect vehicle for the talents of Jim Carrey, who underwhelmed me with Ace Ventura, Pet Detective but here seems to have found a story and character that work together with manic energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 2, 2005
CG overkill salvaged by Carrey's maniacal performance.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
April 27, 2003
Carrey was born to play this role!
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
August 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 17, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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