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The Monkey's Mask

The Monkey's Mask (2001)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 8

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A female detective discovers the dark side of the world of contemporary literature in this unusual thriller from Australia. Mickey (Abbie Cornish) is a brash young female poet who is gaining a potent reputation for her powerful verse about love and sex. When she suddenly disappears, private detective Jill Fitzpatrick (Susie Porter) is hired to help find her. Jill doesn't know much about poetry, so she starts her investigation by tracking down Mickey's teacher and mentor, Diana (Kelly McGillis),

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Anne Kennedy

Mar 15, 2002

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An uneasy mix of tired detective-movie clichés and low-key arty pretension.

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Wary, conflicted, gutsy, and simpatico, [Lang'd] make a fine series character.

December 14, 2001
Boston Globe
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Emphasizes sex at the expense of mystery.

December 6, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The sex scenes between the women do little to advance the story, but they blessedly distract both Jill and the viewer from the thin narrative.

October 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Boasts strong, highly watchable perfs.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Carries the leaden whiff of the ghosts of thrillers past.

September 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Don't be fooled by the packaging: at the heart of it, it's a pedestrian detective thriller that doesn't have much going for it in terms of originality.

November 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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The mystery story seemed drained of any suspense.

June 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Lang's dramatic pacing is sluggish and dull.

October 15, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

You Should Pay Nine Bucks to See This: If you hate poetry. It will make your prejudice seem justified.

September 6, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm
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The film, with lurid and kinky elements familiar to those who remember Dario Argento or Radley Metzger, provides slumming without guilt.

August 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[The film] is about nudity and bad poetry -- really bad poetry. The nudity is in the context of a lesbian affair that's about as convincing as a Playboy photo shoot.

August 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Looks slick on the surface, but underneath is a plot so tangled, frayed and silly it's about as suspenseful as the Keystone Cops.

August 24, 2001
San Francisco Examiner

...a brilliantly modern homage to everything that was great about the golden era of gritty gumshoe flicks.

August 24, 2001 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

Despite a lack of stamina storywise, The Monkey's Mask, director Samantha Lang's risky film noir, weaves a strange spell.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Think Basic Instinct with brains, and you've got it.

August 9, 2001
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