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MirrorMask (2005)

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54

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 41

While visually dazzling, there isn't enough story to hang all the fancy effects on.

41

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 17

While visually dazzling, there isn't enough story to hang all the fancy effects on.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 70,696

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Movie Info

A 15-year-old girl named Helena falls into a dream world where two queens are fighting in a bizarre land of fantastical creatures and masked inhabitants. Helena is charged with retrieving the MirrorMask to revive the sickly White Queen, but as she explores the strange world, she finds herself wondering if this is really a dream or something else more dangerous.

Jan 10, 2006

$0.8M

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Could be Exhibit A for anyone arguing the case that modern filmmaking lacks a strong sense of story.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Leonidas walks this tightrope quite engagingly, showing us a girl on the cusp of womanhood, torn between two competing needs -- to become an adult, to remain a child, to vilify, to revere.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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McKean's inexperience as a director trips the film. There is so much going on that the viewer can't take in all the imagery, and McKean's devotion to his skewed vision slows the story to a crawl.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Too long, and too rich, for its own good, but clearly Gaiman and McKean were bursting with ideas. Those ideas fly all over the place, sometimes landing with a thunk, but more often taking the breath away.

October 21, 2005
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A 30-minute idea wrapped in a 100-minute movie. It's a jewel box filled with cubic zirconia.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The narrative is simplistic and lacking in energy, and the characters are sketched instead of fully formed.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Mirrormask eventually establishes itself as an thoroughly interminable piece of work that substitutes endless creativity for context and character development...

February 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Dense, dreamlike fantasy isn't for every kid.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An alluring original piece of fantasy...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The story is interesting, in a twisted fairytale sort of way, but the novelty of this dream world does eventually wear off, and we're left checking our watches.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

MirrorMask proves that a movie can be brilliant and awful at the same time.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This one-of-a-kind fantasy film may be seen as a classic someday, possibly quite soon.

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

...one of those movies that might be improved immensely by the consumption of certain mood-altering substances.

December 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

What a disappointment! The greatest fantasy novels and films are products of the unconscious - they have the authority of visions, glimpsed though imperfectly understood. But the creators of MirrorMask remain all too wide awake.

December 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A wonder of imaginative design and a failure of imaginative storytelling; after 101 minutes of this, you feel like a starving man being taunted with a Faberge egg.

November 7, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

"MirrorMask" may prove fascinating for fans of McKean and Gaiman, but I was left chilled and irritated.

November 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

[Director Dave] McKean's pacing is abominable but, more importantly, he doesn't spend enough time building his characters.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

An impressive sheen on some familiar themes.

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

It is so fresh, so bold and so fantastical on the visual plane that it seems to re-invent the language of dreams and widen the possibilities of fantasy storytelling.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

None of the exceptionally designed characters have a soul that stirs the senses.

October 27, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This strange, imaginative children's adventure has a fantastic visual sense that looks like nothing you've seen

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for MirrorMask

Way too much surrealism for my taste, but I gotta give credit to the creators for making something so incredibly imaginative. I really wanted to like it more than I did, but the visual style just wasn't my cup of tea. In fact, I was rather annoyed and put off by it. Nice performance by Stephanie Leonidas though. The lines flowed so naturally from her tongue that it's hard to believe she was actually acting. It's strange that I haven't seen her in any other films, because her talent deserves a lot more recognition. Either way, Leonidas' wonderful charisma was unfortunately not enough to save me from boredom, and it's a miracle I got through this without falling asleep. That isn't to say it's awful, because I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who like it. I just prefer fantasy that is more reality-based, as opposed to bizarre and dream-like.
February 4, 2012
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Mike S

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It is a very imaginative movie that won't make sense at first. Most of the visuals were just awesome. And I liked the song where Helena was having a makeover. But I'm not really sure about recommending since it didn't amazed me that much.
May 29, 2011
3niR
Dead Angel

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This has got to be one of the strangest lloking movies i've ever seen. The cgi and hazed lighting they used is completely fake looking, but in a way that you see it as a fantasy world rather than bad production value. I think for the style trying to be achieved, that it works extremely well. I mean you really feel like you're peeking inside someone's dream. The costume design helps out a lot with this; it's almost as outrageous as the effects. While the story is essentially a modernization of The Wizard of Oz, it still manages to hold its own. While most of the acting is pretty bad and damaging to the overall movie, Stephanie Leonidas does a great job and works well as the protagonist we can all root for. Overall, it's a very interesting movie, it just doesn't have certain things that would make it a good deal better.
May 18, 2011
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