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Son of the Mask (2005)

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6

Average Rating: 2.8/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 98

Overly frantic, painfully unfunny, and sorely missing the presence of Jim Carrey.

4

Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 27

Overly frantic, painfully unfunny, and sorely missing the presence of Jim Carrey.

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Average Rating: 2/5
User Ratings: 38,023

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Movie Info

The strange mask that gave Jim Carrey remarkable powers in the 1994 hit The Mask makes a mess of a seemingly ordinary family in this special effects-laden comic fantasy. Tim Avery (Jamie Kennedy) is a cartoonist living quietly in suburbia with his wife Tonya (Traylor Howard), their baby son Alvey (Ryan Falconer), and dog Otis; however, their lives are turned upside down when Otis discovers a strange green mask which channels the spirit of Loki (Alan Cumming), the Norse god of mischief. Both Otis

PG,

Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Lance Khazei

May 17, 2005

$17.0M

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All Critics (105) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (98) | DVD (19)

Whatever possessed director Lawrence Guterman and writer Lance Khazei to transform the sequel to 1994's libidinous hit comedy into pabulum?

January 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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In the five years I've been co-hosting this show, this is the closest I've ever come to walking out halfway through the film, and now that I look back on the experience, I wish I had.

February 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (6)
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If you are the son of Frankenstein, Flubber, Dracula, Lassie, Ali Baba, Sinbad, Billy the Kid, Davy Crockett, Robin Hood, Tarzan or Satan, you have to accept that the movie about you is likely not as good or memorable as the one about your dad.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A film top-heavy with joyless Tex Avery-style special effects and a dancing-baby bit embarrassingly reminiscent of TV's Ally McBeal.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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With so many cuts a second, all attention goes into following the visuals. Just as well, since the story leaves so little to work with.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Forget about such fripperies as story and character, and your inner 7-year-old can have a pretty good time with the film's Tex Avery-style mayhem ... and Chuck Jones-inspired sight gags.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Dumb and loud, with questionable material.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Sequels without their original stars are usually sent direct to video. Some deserve better, [but] this isn't one of those.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Comment (1)
Dark Horizons

It's your usual low-budget, unbelievably bad sequel.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

Kennedy is feeble and even Alan Cumming makes less of a meal than he could of his role as the petulant god of mischief.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Also struggling vainly against the visual effects are Traylor Howard as Kennedy's wife and Bob Hoskins as Cumming's father, the god Odin.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

If nothing else, Son Of The Mask's bad seed baby serves up an all natural commercial for mental birth control.

May 21, 2007 Full Review | Comment (1)
NY Rock

The movie strives for a positive message about growing up and embracing the joys of fatherhood, but when the baby's this ugly, you're left wishing the filmmakers had practiced a little cinematic celibacy.

January 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A transparently minimal effort in which many jokes and pivotal plot points are grossly inappropriate for children.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Joyless tedium.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A bright, fast, kiddie-oriented lark.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (2)
Sydney Morning Herald

No doubt extensive market research shows that there's an audience out there for movies like Son Of The Mask, but it's too depressing to speculate who that might be.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The only place for a movie like Son of the Mask is at the bottom of the bargain bin at your local Wal-Mart.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Comments (2)
Bullz-Eye.com

There's no story to speak of, just a string of scenarios usually resulting in everything in sight getting smashed.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Thanks to its garish production design and uniformly unpalatable cast, Son of the Mask is the ugliest kids' film since The Cat in the Hat.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

It'll be hard enough to keep the attention of the children and harder still to keep adults from wishing they could get back the hour and half they just lost.

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Comments (2)
Hollywood.com

How far down the Hollywood food chain do you have to go before you get stuck with Jamie Kennedy as the star of your movie? Did Ben Affleck turn down Son of the Mask?

March 6, 2005 Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Comments (2)
WaffleMovies.com

Cumming is well-suited to this kind of material, but Kennedy, while decent as a henpecked husband, is unbelievably awful when he dons the green face-paint.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles CityBeat

Wait till it comes out on video. You'll know when to turn what off.

February 27, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

Retains absolutely none of its predecessor's manic charm.

February 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Son of the Mask

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August 18, 2012
Market Man
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

"The Mask" is the absolute funniest film i've ever seen in my life. CGI enhanced the first film and made it even better then it already was. In this case, it makes this cash in plummet into the dirt. Everything about this film is painful and there are no redeeming features at all. The script is bad, the acting is bad, the characters are awful but worst of all. It's missing Jim Carrey and the physical comedy that made the original a golden comedy classic. Depressingly it is one of the worst films i've ever seen in my life.
January 24, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Oh my god haha this was such a terrible film. F
February 12, 2011
CreedsDelight

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    1. Loki: That is the oldest excuse in the book, & believe me, I had read so many old books. But if you really want to play this the hard way, so be it.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (16 months ago)
    1. Odin: You have caused me so much pain, Loki.
    2. Loki: Right back at you, Dad!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (16 months ago)
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