The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Man in the Iron Mask1998

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)



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Randall Wallace's visually sensational, alternately corny and brooding version of the Alexander Dumas legend features the Three (Old) Musketeers, a tormented D'Artagnan, and a set of man-boy twins, with Leonardo DiCaprio as both King Louis XIV and brother Philippe.

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Critic Reviews for The Man in the Iron Mask

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (9)

To these nonteen ears and eyes, the kid is no more real in either guise than his phony flowing locks. And the romantic scenes fizzle next to Titanic's steamy roll in a Rolls.

January 8, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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It's an irresistible story, but the movie suffers from clunky dialogue and a barrage of mismatched performances that represent just about every school of acting known to man.

October 23, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[There's] just too much great stuff here for this version of the Dumas story to be summarily dismissed.

October 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Man in the Iron Mask needed more of a jaunty twinkle, more wolfish grins, less thinking and more doing.

June 11, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Leonardo DiCaprio times two. What more could you want? Perhaps more thrilling swash and buckle.

March 30, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

...this version of The Man in the Iron Mask owes more to Star Wars than Star Wars owes to Dumas.

January 27, 2005 | Rating: C

Audience Reviews for The Man in the Iron Mask

I love period dramas with a great cast. King Louis XIV of France is a cruel ruler, who oppresses his people and is a womaniser. He has a secret twin brother whom he has hidden away and is covered by an iron mask. One of my faves - double Leo! The ending always makes me cry.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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The Man in the Iron Mask is a tale of a the Musketeers who must reunite to capture the evil King Louis XIV and replace him with his much kinder, but unknown, twin who has been unjustly locked away in the dungeons. I am not a fan of Leonerdo DiCrapio. Yes I spelt that wrong on purpose. I think he's too cocky and thinks his shit don't stink. So excuse me while I don't flutter at the sight of him. I've seen better performances from all these actors. DiCrapio included. So the reason I gave it three stars is because I did enjoy the story. It was interesting and it played out well enough.


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While DiCaprio can be a fine actor and an arresting presence, that is not the case here. He is completely miscast, his nasally voice grating and at the point in his career when this was made he didn't have the gravitas to hold the dual roles at center stage. Malkovich is similiarly out of place not in any way suggesting anything remotely contentenial in his bearing and since the rest of the cast that surrounds them are all European the casting of those two is fatal to the picture's unity and flow.

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jay nixon

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