The Mask Reviews

April 12, 2013
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.
April 12, 2013
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
Carrey and his aggressive overbite are back, but this time he's better used as an ingredient instead of as the plot.
April 12, 2013
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.
April 12, 2013
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.
July 6, 2010
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.
November 24, 2008
Adroitly directed, viscerally and visually dynamic and just plain fun.
April 18, 2007
The results are easy to watch, though awfully familiar and simpleminded.
February 9, 2006
The design is bright as a button and the transformation scenes real eye-poppers, but the film's best special effect is putty-faced Carrey with his razzle-dazzle star turn as the affable Stanley and his manic alter ego.
June 8, 2003
Bright-eyed, crazily intense, irrepressibly silly, Mr. Carrey can be funny without fireworks. He deserves material clever enough to let him do just that.
June 6, 2001
Carrey is the ultimate party dude, and like the masked man says, this party is smokin'.
April 17, 2001
Exuberant fun.
January 1, 2000
As a comedy, The Mask is genial, but its recycled plot is far too thin for the film to succeed as either an adventure or a spoof.
January 1, 2000
The Mask is a perfect vehicle for the talents of Jim Carrey, who underwhelmed me with Ace Ventura, Pet Detective but here seems to have found a story and character that work together with manic energy.
January 1, 2000
Doesn't have any more material than a Tex Avery cartoon.
January 1, 2000
Even without the state-of-the-art, boundary-busting computerized effects from Industrial Light & Magic, Carrey's a human cartoon, and his spontaneous, Avery-esque, anything-for-a-laugh outrageousness makes this otherwise blank Mask a must-see.