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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Reviews

James Berardinelli
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2011

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September 22, 2007
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

September 22, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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September 22, 2007
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A deconstructionist horror comedy that owes a debt to Scream and the 1992 Belgian film Man Bites Dog, Mask nevertheless has enough pitch-perfect wit to lay claim to its own patch of postmodern, movie-loving snarkiness.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

March 22, 2007
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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About two-thirds in, the movie shifts gears disastrously. Made me want to haul someone into the cutting room for revenge.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 16, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The script's laughs are too widely spaced. Even before the plot takes a third-act turn into the land of kill-by-the-numbers slasher movies, the jokes drip when they should be gushing.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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If Scott Glosserman's witty slasher spoof had celebrities, it would probably be a success like Scream or Scary Movie. As an indie, it's more apt to be a cult fave. Either way, it's a must for those who like thrills laced with humor.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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There is a lot of cleverness at work here, especially when the movie switches from the Blair Witch-style shaky camera to more accomplished and atmospheric low-budget lensing.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Director] Glosserman can't match the wit of Scream, the fright of The Blair Witch Project or the satire of journalism seen in Series 7.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 16, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The dialogue has wit, and the rug gets pulled out from under us and the characters in several short, sharp jolts. At a certain point, Behind the Mask loses the tatty digital-video and immerses us in cinema.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2007
Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
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Behind the Mask is original and weirdly delicious, and executed with gory aplomb.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 15, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The movie has more cleverness than violence, and its breakdown of cliches is vivid and witty. Baesel is an extraordinary presence, holding the film together with his mesmerizing performance, charm and openness, and Goethals measures up to him.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 15, 2007
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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At its best, Behind the Mask offers some, um, cutting insights about mass-media blood lust and the cult of the serial killer.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 15, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
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Desperately overcompensating for the fact that most horror films are already parodies of themselves, Behind the Mask takes a bite out of the dumb Scream franchise before devouring its own tail, proving that you are what you eat.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 13, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Working in a mini-genre whose bones would appear to have been picked clean by the likes of Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven, Glosserman and Stieve find a few pints of fresh blood.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

March 5, 2007
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