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The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

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38

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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56

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Movie Info

Oscar-nominated Randall Wallace (Braveheart) made his directorial debut with this adaptation of the 1848 classic by Alexandre Dumas (1802-70), featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role. Years have passed since the Three Musketeers, Aramis (Jeremy Irons), Athos (John Malkovich), and Porthos (Gerard Depardieu) fought together with their friend D'Artagnan (Gabriel Byrne). The arrogant, tyrannical King Louis XIV (Leonardo DiCaprio) desires the beautiful Christine (Judith Godreche), so he orders her

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure

Randall Wallace

Aug 11, 1998

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (24) | DVD (9)

The Man in the Iron Mask needed more of a jaunty twinkle, more wolfish grins, less thinking and more doing.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Leonardo DiCaprio times two. What more could you want? Perhaps more thrilling swash and buckle.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

...this version of The Man in the Iron Mask owes more to Star Wars than Star Wars owes to Dumas.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Though a fine actor, DiCaprio is no Errol Flynn. With his choirboy face and chess-club physique, he is scarcely fit to play swashbuckling hero or villain.

June 6, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Reveals how important it is in middle age to keep one's spiritual ideals alive and shining.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A laughably flimsy remake of a frequently told adventure.

July 27, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Para sorte de Randall Wallace, o material com que ele trabalhava era bom demais para ser estragado. Alexandre Dumas salvou o filme.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

One big advantage this film has -- now brace yourselves -- some of the actors actually speak with French accents!

December 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

Alongside previous men in the iron mask, the '98 contender doesn't amount to much.

July 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Unless you have a thing for DiCaprio, you're better off renting any of the other adaptations.

July 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

a well-made adventure film that doesn't have much adventure

July 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Verges on unconscious parody.

July 31, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Features acting which is beyond reproach.

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine
Film Written Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Man in the Iron Mask

I love period dramas with a great cast. King Louis XIV of France is a cruel ruler, who oppresses his people and is a womaniser. He has a secret twin brother whom he has hidden away and is covered by an iron mask. One of my faves - double Leo! The ending always makes me cry.
July 11, 2013
thmtsang
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

The Man in the Iron Mask is a tale of a the Musketeers who must reunite to capture the evil King Louis XIV and replace him with his much kinder, but unknown, twin who has been unjustly locked away in the dungeons. I am not a fan of Leonerdo DiCrapio. Yes I spelt that wrong on purpose. I think he's too cocky and thinks his shit don't stink. So excuse me while I don't flutter at the sight of him. I've seen better performances from all these actors. DiCrapio included. So the reason I gave it three stars is because I did enjoy the story. It was interesting and it played out well enough.
March 5, 2013
LWOODS04
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Super Reviewer

While DiCaprio can be a fine actor and an arresting presence, that is not the case here. He is completely miscast, his nasally voice grating and at the point in his career when this was made he didn't have the gravitas to hold the dual roles at center stage. Malkovich is similiarly out of place not in any way suggesting anything remotely contentenial in his bearing and since the rest of the cast that surrounds them are all European the casting of those two is fatal to the picture's unity and flow.
February 16, 2011
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

At first I wasn't quite convinced by Leo's acting, I played it off by his youth and the fact that he did this after being directed by Cameron. James wouldn't care about good acting if it hit him in the face. However this was resolved when he became Philippe.
Overall, the movie was okay. I'm not sure I appreciated the few comedic gags in there, but what gives this movie an extra overall boost was the acting. Beautifully done. Even if for whatever reason, Dicaprio and Malkovich did not see fit to attempt British accents.
December 12, 2010
MeetMeinMontauk
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

    1. Aramis: [narrating] Some of this is legend, but at least this much is fact - when rioting citizens of France destroyed the Bastille, they discovered within its records this mysterious entry: Prisoner # 64389000 - The Man in the Iron Mask.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Athos: [to Phillipe] Once I, once all of us, believed in serving something greater than ourselves. Aramis had his faith, Porthos his lust for life, D'Artagnan his devotion and I had Raoul. But we all had a common dream. That one day we would finally be able to serve a king who was worthy of the throne. It is what we dreamt, what we bled for, and what we have waited a lifetime to see. I taught Raoul to believe in that dream, and now my son is dead. And now I want to know if my son's life was in vain, and the only person who can answer that is you.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Athos: D'Artagnan, I have never known a finer man than you nor cared more for a friend, but if this king harms my son merely to take a lover, then this king will become my enemy. And so will any man who stands between that enemy and me.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Philippe: I wear the mask. It does not wear me.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. D'Artagnan: Anne, to love you is treason against France. But not to love you is treason against my heart.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Louis XIV: D'Artagnan, you will hunt down Porthos, Athos, and Aramis, and bring me their heads, or I will have yours. And as for you, my brother, back to the prison you will go, and into the mask you hate. Wear it 'til you love it! And die in it.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
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