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MirrorMask Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A 30-minute idea wrapped in a 100-minute movie. It's a jewel box filled with cubic zirconia.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2005

I struggled mightily to stay awake through large stretches of Mirrormask.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 4.8/10

September 30, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 29, 2005
James Berardinelli
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The narrative is simplistic and lacking in energy, and the characters are sketched instead of fully formed.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Mirrormask is as breathtakingly beautiful to behold as it is tedious to slog through.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 29, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The story is such a mess, it's no wonder so many characters are running around hiding their faces.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 20, 2005
Chris Barsanti

this admittedly stupendous-looking film deserves quite a lot of credit for trying, even if the end result never quite makes it

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2005
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

An amalgamation of so many disparate artistic influences that any hint of originality ultimately stems less from creative invention than imaginative synthesis.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 10, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Could be Exhibit A for anyone arguing the case that modern filmmaking lacks a strong sense of story.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 28, 2005
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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

October 13, 2005
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine

Its quaintness probably stands as its most recommending characteristic.

Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine | Original Score: C-

September 29, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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The film galumphs along in static panels, prioritizing flash over thought, hyperextending a story that would barely sustain a children's picture book.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 27, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The eye is sated, but the mind wanders.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D+

September 29, 2005
Jan Stuart
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 29, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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So single-minded in its reach for fantasy, it becomes the genre's evil opposite: banality.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 29, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

September 29, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Aggressive visual invention is rarely its own reward, and this movie does nothing to better the odds.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 30, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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 Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 30, 2005
Shawn Adler
IGN Movies

Plays less like a cohesive film and more like a collection of amazing scenes.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2005
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
December 6, 2005
Peter Bradshaw
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Boston Phoenix
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AV Club
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Time Out
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Sydney Morning Herald

July 1, 2006
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