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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 8, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety
September 22, 2007
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
September 22, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 22, 2007
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 22, 2007
A deconstructionist horror comedy that owes a debt to Scream and the 1992 Belgian film Man Bites Dog, Mask nevertheless has enough pitch-perfect wit to lay claim to its own patch of postmodern, movie-loving snarkiness.
| Original Score: B
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
March 16, 2007
About two-thirds in, the movie shifts gears disastrously. Made me want to haul someone into the cutting room for revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 16, 2007
The script's laughs are too widely spaced. Even before the plot takes a third-act turn into the land of kill-by-the-numbers slasher movies, the jokes drip when they should be gushing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 16, 2007
If Scott Glosserman's witty slasher spoof had celebrities, it would probably be a success like Scream or Scary Movie. As an indie, it's more apt to be a cult fave. Either way, it's a must for those who like thrills laced with humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 16, 2007
There is a lot of cleverness at work here, especially when the movie switches from the Blair Witch-style shaky camera to more accomplished and atmospheric low-budget lensing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
March 16, 2007
[Director] Glosserman can't match the wit of Scream, the fright of The Blair Witch Project or the satire of journalism seen in Series 7.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 16, 2007
The dialogue has wit, and the rug gets pulled out from under us and the characters in several short, sharp jolts. At a certain point, Behind the Mask loses the tatty digital-video and immerses us in cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
March 15, 2007
Behind the Mask is original and weirdly delicious, and executed with gory aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 15, 2007
The movie has more cleverness than violence, and its breakdown of cliches is vivid and witty. Baesel is an extraordinary presence, holding the film together with his mesmerizing performance, charm and openness, and Goethals measures up to him.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 15, 2007
At its best, Behind the Mask offers some, um, cutting insights about mass-media blood lust and the cult of the serial killer.
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
March 13, 2007
Desperately overcompensating for the fact that most horror films are already parodies of themselves, Behind the Mask takes a bite out of the dumb Scream franchise before devouring its own tail, proving that you are what you eat.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 5, 2007
Working in a mini-genre whose bones would appear to have been picked clean by the likes of Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven, Glosserman and Stieve find a few pints of fresh blood.