MirrorMask Reviews

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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
September 30, 2005
I struggled mightily to stay awake through large stretches of Mirrormask.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.8/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 29, 2005
The movie is a triumph of visual invention, but it gets mired in its artistry and finally becomes just a whole lot of great stuff to look at while the plot puts the heroine through a few basic moves over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 21, 2005
The narrative is simplistic and lacking in energy, and the characters are sketched instead of fully formed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 29, 2005
Mirrormask is as breathtakingly beautiful to behold as it is tedious to slog through.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 20, 2005
The story is such a mess, it's no wonder so many characters are running around hiding their faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
September 29, 2005
this admittedly stupendous-looking film deserves quite a lot of credit for trying, even if the end result never quite makes it
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 10, 2005
An amalgamation of so many disparate artistic influences that any hint of originality ultimately stems less from creative invention than imaginative synthesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 13, 2005
Many graphic novels are being turned into movies these days. MirrorMask is a movie that would work better as a graphic novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
September 29, 2005
Its quaintness probably stands as its most recommending characteristic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 27, 2005
The film galumphs along in static panels, prioritizing flash over thought, hyperextending a story that would barely sustain a children's picture book.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 29, 2005
The eye is sated, but the mind wanders.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 29, 2005
The fever-dream universe cooked up by McKean is so brimming with off-the-wall imagination, one wishes it weren't all so hard to penetrate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 29, 2005
So single-minded in its reach for fantasy, it becomes the genre's evil opposite: banality.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 29, 2005
If MirrorMask is a marvel of visual ingenuity, its monochromatic panoramas are too busy and flat to yield an illusion of depth or to convey a feeling of characters moving in space.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 30, 2005
Aggressive visual invention is rarely its own reward, and this movie does nothing to better the odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 30, 2005
A blur of arty effects.
| Original Score: C+
September 30, 2005
I love the look and creativity of this film. Too bad the story isn't something worth dreaming about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Shawn Adler
IGN Movies
September 29, 2005
Plays less like a cohesive film and more like a collection of amazing scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
December 6, 2005
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 4, 2006

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September 30, 2005

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September 30, 2005
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October 1, 2005
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October 1, 2005

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March 11, 2006
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June 24, 2006

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July 1, 2006
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