The Mask

1994

The Mask

Critics 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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67%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 994,422
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Movie Info

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
Louie Ortiz
as Coco Bongo Valet
Ben Stein
as Dr. Neuman
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 (16)

  • 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.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 12, 2013
  • Carrey and his aggressive overbite are back, but this time he's better used as an ingredient instead of as the plot.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Mask

  • May 03, 2018
    Glued together by an outlandish yet revered performance from Jim Carrey, The Mask utilizes the best out of its playful & animated vibe to shroud away obvious hiccups and focus on the hysteria of its wild, green-faced titular craze. 4.4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2016
    This is the first time I have seen this movie. I enjoyed it, good CG effects, for its time, and it helped bring Jim Carrey to the forefront of comedy.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2012
    If you're in for cartoonish and manic humor from Jim Carrey I guess this is for you and family.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2012
    Jim Carrey is the key ingredient here and delivers a slapstick performance that captures the tone perfectly. The film might have been based on the comic, but it is not a loyal adaptation by any means. Diaz makes a welcome screen appearance and is far from the average newcomer you may have expected. The film is full of these moments and the film is better for it. Carrey deserved the success and the film is better for having him in the lead role. He is like a Robin Williams and the energy he delivers is ecstatic. The film might have aged, but it is still a lot of fun. 27/03/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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