The Mask of Zorro Reviews

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Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Banderas and Hopkins prove that there's life in the Z-boy yet, but by leaving in the dull patches, the filmmakers may find audiences catching zzzzzs in ways they never intended.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Hopkins brings gravity and dignity to every role he assumes, which is exactly what is needed here to offset the rambunctious impatience of Banderas' Alejandro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A lively, old-fashioned adventure yarn with just a twist of modern attitude, it's the kind of pleasant entertainment that allows the paying customers to have as much fun as the people on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
An old-fashioned swashbuckler with plenty of action, charm and romance. You can't say they don't make movies like they used to after seeing this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
There was a lot that bothered me, but I still hope it makes a mint and we get some more. After all, you just can't have too many Zorro films, can you?
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Hopkins is typically commanding as the retired caped crusader (who hangs out in a cave like that other one), and Banderas is suave and dashing as his protégé.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
Lots of overacting. Lots of clichés. Lots of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
If you love swashbucklers or if you're a Banderas fan, you'll probably want to put the movie in your must-see category. Others can use their own judgement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A mildly entertaining, if unspectacular and uneven, action film...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Banderas, with his flashing eyes, makes a good mock-Hidalgo, but the movie would be a lot more amusing if it weren't such kid stuff.
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Banderas' appeal alone may be just enough to win over some viewers; the waste of that appeal, and of the Man in Black's commanding image, made me long for some heroic figure to come along and make a few strategic slashes in the editing room.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ted Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
I was glued to the screen, swept up in the melodrama, and had a big smile on my face the entire time. Afterwards, it was more of a grimace, but what are you gonna do?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Bumbray
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This is probably one of the best movies I have ever seen, and easily the best of the summer.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
In an age ruled by action films reliant on post-production effects, the barebones approach of an old fashioned swashbuckler is rather refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
It's still possible to make a rousing popcorn flick without treating your audience like wide-eyed rubes suffering from attention-deficit disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Director Campbell relies on our love for seeing people humiliated, and this is just what the two Zorros have in mind: to make fools of people who have exploited armies of the unwashed.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
A rollicking good time filled with zesty swordplay, swashbuckling set pieces, spicy romance, and, heck, even a reasonably plausible storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
A swashbuckling, spirited adventure that boasts dazzling effects, a splendid score and the dream cast of Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins.
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
The Mask of Zorro typifies what a good summer popcorn movie can be: an action-packed adventure with an actual plot and interesting characters!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike DeWolfe
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Hopkins and Banderas are very different sorts of actors, and here, in very different ways, each pulls off his role expertly.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
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