MirrorMask Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 13, 2005
It's a near-flawless marriage of content and form, a movie that kids, adults and graduate students of computer imagery will all have their own reasons to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
October 7, 2005
With its mind-numbing excess of digital imagery and lack of compensatory storytelling, MirrorMask suggests that something of Gaiman's is getting lost in translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 3, 2005
It's so beautiful and so different and has such a unique feel to it.
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AV Club
October 1, 2005
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 1, 2005
Each scene is a masterwork of composition and execution.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 1, 2005
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 30, 2005
Other efforts of this sort have succumbed to terminal whimsy, but director Dave McKean gives us enough reminders of the girl's fragile emotional state to provide some grounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 30, 2005
Too strange and disjointed to attract much of an audience, but its astonishing visuals showcase a major new talent: first-time feature director and book illustrator Dave McKean.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 30, 2005
Like many dreams, you won't remember it when you wake up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 30, 2005
A blur of arty effects.
| Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 30, 2005
If you can fall into it, you should be amazed, if not enchanted.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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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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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2005
There is something oddly intoxicating about Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman's coming-of-age fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 29, 2005
At best, Helena's wiggy adventures recall such Jean Cocteau films as Orpheus and Blood of a Poet. At worst, they resemble the Vegas act of Cirque du Soleil.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
September 29, 2005
For all its flying cats with rainbow wings and navigational library books, MirrorMask barely has a story, its talent and vision focused entirely on its singular dreamworld facade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 29, 2005
Mirrormask is as breathtakingly beautiful to behold as it is tedious to slog through.
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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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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 28, 2005
Has something to astonish everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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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Scott Foundas
Variety
April 2, 2005
An overproduced novelty picthat looks and feels more like a company promo reel than an engaging piece of storytelling.
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
February 5, 2005
If The Wizard of Oz were reborn in the 21st century, it might look a lot like MirrorMask.