MirrorMask Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 1, 2012
Mirrormask eventually establishes itself as an thoroughly interminable piece of work that substitutes endless creativity for context and character development...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Dense, dreamlike fantasy isn't for every kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
An alluring original piece of fantasy...
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 5, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 18, 2008
MirrorMask proves that a movie can be brilliant and awful at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 7, 2006
This one-of-a-kind fantasy film may be seen as a classic someday, possibly quite soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 12, 2005
...one of those movies that might be improved immensely by the consumption of certain mood-altering substances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
December 5, 2005
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.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 7, 2005
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.
| Original Score: '2/4'
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
November 7, 2005
"MirrorMask" may prove fascinating for fans of McKean and Gaiman, but I was left chilled and irritated.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
November 4, 2005
[Director Dave] McKean's pacing is abominable but, more importantly, he doesn't spend enough time building his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 3, 2005
An impressive sheen on some familiar themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 28, 2005
Could be Exhibit A for anyone arguing the case that modern filmmaking lacks a strong sense of story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
October 28, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 28, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 27, 2005
None of the exceptionally designed characters have a soul that stirs the senses.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Michael Senft
Arizona Republic
October 27, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 27, 2005
This strange, imaginative children's adventure has a fantastic visual sense that looks like nothing you've seen
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 21, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 21, 2005
A 30-minute idea wrapped in a 100-minute movie. It's a jewel box filled with cubic zirconia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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