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The Mask (1994)

The Mask (1994)

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Critic Consensus: It misses perhaps as often as it hits, but Jim Carrey's manic bombast, Cameron Diaz' blowsy appeal, and the film's overall cartoony bombast keep The Mask afloat.

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Hyperactive mayhem results when a mild-manned banker discovers an ancient mask that transforms him into a zany prankster with superhuman powers in this special-effects-intensive comedy. The wildly improvisational Jim Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a decent-hearted but socially awkward guy who one night finds a strange mask. Carrey's trademark energy reveals itself after Stanley puts on the mask and the banker transforms into The Mask, a green-skinned, zoot-suited fireball. The rubber-faced Mask possesses the courage to do the wild, fun things that Stanley fears, including romancing Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz). In addition to Carrey's physical talents, the film makes effective use of digital visual effects that bestow the Mask with superhuman speed, insane flexibility, and popping eyes out of a Tex Avery cartoon. The larger narrative, involving the efforts of Tina's gangster boyfriend to destroy Stanley and use the mask's powers for evil, prove less interesting than the anarchic comic set pieces, including a particularly memorable dance number to "Cuban Pete." The film delivered enough laughs to become a surprise hit and, along with the same year's Dumb and Dumber, establish Carrey's status as a comedy superstar. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Cast

Cameron Diaz
as Tina Carlyle
Peter Riegert
as Lt. Mitch Kellaway
Peter Greene
as Dorian Tyrel
Amy Yasbeck
as Peggy Brandt
Richard Jeni
as Charlie Schumacher
Nancy Fish
as Mrs. Peenman
Max
as Milo
Denis Forest
as Sweet Eddy
Jim Carrey
as Stanley Ipkiss
B.J. Barie
as Alley Punk #1
Christopher Darga
as Paramedic No. 3
Suzanne Dunn
as Reporter
Peter Jazwinski
as Park Policeman
Beau Lotterman
as Megaphone Cop
Ivory Ocean
as Mayor Tilton
Robert O'Reilly
as The Figure
Ben Stein
as Dr. Neuman
Louie Ortiz
as Coco Bongo Valet
Jeremy Roberts
as Bobby the Bouncer
Eamonn Roche
as Mr. Dickey
Randi Ruimy
as Screaming Lady
Chris Taylor
as Coco Bongo Cop No. 1
Wendy Walsh
as Herself
Joseph Alfieri
as Police Officer
Robert Keith
as Police Officer
Howard Kay
as Niko's Thug
Scott McElroy
as Niko's Thug
B.J. Barrie
as Alley Punk
Bullet Valmont
as Alley Punk
Debra Casey
as Alley Punk
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Critic Reviews for The Mask

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15)

When his face turns green and his limbs get limber, Carrey's pretty much unstoppable. This cartoon-y creation is an amazing fusion of physical comedy and state-of-the- art cinema illusion.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The gangland plot is flimsy (bad guy Peter Greene wears too much eyeliner), and the jokes are erratic, but it's a far better showcase for Carrey's comic-from-Uranus talent than Ace Ventura.

April 12, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Carrey and his aggressive overbite are back, but this time he's better used as an ingredient instead of as the plot.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

If a movie star was born in Ace Ventura, he is christened in The Mask. Quite simply, this is the best and freest crazy comedy to come along since Beetlejuice.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Not only is he adept at physical humor, the kind of knockabout stuff that recalls the classic silent clowns, but Carrey also has a bright and likable screen presence, a lost puppy quality that is surprisingly endearing.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Carrey now has the clout to find a vehicle worthy of his hyperactive gooniness. When he does, we'll see if he's truly a jester for our time or simply the moron of the moment.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Mask

truly enjoy this film. It isn't the best movie ever or anything like that but it is still a hugely enjoyable comedy in my opinion. And I also think that along with Liar Liar and The Truman Show that The Mask is one of Jim Carrey's better movies. Here Carrey's role is split, his mild mannered banker and a wild, crazy superhero. Either way, he excels in this film, he is completely in his element and completely unpredictable. He is helped by the special effects, which are utterly amazing, a truly imaginative and sophisticated visual style that worked so well here. Here because of the special effects, Carrey moves around at whirlwind speed, pops his eyeballs and swaps parts of his anatomy for his cartoon equivalents and you know what it is jolly funny. There are so many good scenes though my favourite was the Bugs Bunny-style Cuban Pete routine. Also superb are the script, which is as funny and as imaginative as the film itself and the suitably tongue in cheek music score. Not to mention the adorable pet dog, underrated Peter Reigert, Peter Greene's Dorian and gorgeous Cameron Diaz. Overall, hugely enjoyable, funny and imaginative, 3 Stars 4/2001 (Updated)

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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One of my fave Jim Carrey films. Very funny and good animation for the mask. One of Cameron Diaz earliest films. Re-watched recently, starting to look a bit dated now and comic book humour losing it's charm now.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

The Mask is the funniest film I have ever seen in my life. It's the film that started my love for the talented Jim Carrey. His enthusiasm and rubber faced antics really bring the comic book hero to life and the acting from Cameron Diaz as Stanley Ipkiss' love interest cannot be wthout praise. It's the rare slapstick comedy film that can be enjoyed by anyone. Jim makes the most of the materials he is given, you'll love his lively stunts and the references to classic Warner Bros. cartoons from the golden age of animation. A jazzy film with a classic feel that's by far the best of Carrey physically.

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