Critics Consensus

While visually dazzling, there isn't enough story to hang all the fancy effects on.



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A 15-year-old girl named Helena falls into a dream world where two queens are fighting in a bizarre land of fantastical creatures and masked inhabitants. Helena is charged with retrieving the MirrorMask to revive the sickly White Queen, but as she explores the strange world, she finds herself wondering if this is really a dream or something else more dangerous.

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Jason Barry
as Valentine
Rob Brydon
as Morris Campbell/Prime Minister
Gina McKee
as Joanne/Queen of Light/Queen of Shadows
Stephen Fry
as Librarian
Andy Hamilton
as Small Hairy
Fiona Reynard
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for MirrorMask

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (41)

  • Could be Exhibit A for anyone arguing the case that modern filmmaking lacks a strong sense of story.

    Oct 28, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Leonidas walks this tightrope quite engagingly, showing us a girl on the cusp of womanhood, torn between two competing needs -- to become an adult, to remain a child, to vilify, to revere.

    Oct 28, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • McKean's inexperience as a director trips the film. There is so much going on that the viewer can't take in all the imagery, and McKean's devotion to his skewed vision slows the story to a crawl.

    Oct 27, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Too long, and too rich, for its own good, but clearly Gaiman and McKean were bursting with ideas. Those ideas fly all over the place, sometimes landing with a thunk, but more often taking the breath away.

    Oct 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • A 30-minute idea wrapped in a 100-minute movie. It's a jewel box filled with cubic zirconia.

    Oct 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • The narrative is simplistic and lacking in energy, and the characters are sketched instead of fully formed.

    Oct 21, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for MirrorMask

  • Sep 10, 2016
    Beautiful visuals and some bursts of beautiful imagination but the plot lacked any sense of urgency or driving force, and the characters were not compelling. Felt like Neil Gaiman had a dream and wrote it down without bothering to shape it into a plot.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2012
    A little on the dull side. Interesting elements but the story is all over the place.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2011
    While I was searching for a movie that would keep my interest just like the other ones in a library, I stumble upon this one known as MirrorMask. At first, I thought it was gonna be strange and awkward... Boy was I wrong. It caught my very interest and I think I'll write the plot in which we already know about. It tells about a 15 year old girl named Helena who works at a circus with her family and wishes to live in a real life. Suddenly, she finds herself transported into the Dark Lands with Giants, Monkeybirds and Sphinxes and must find the MirrorMask to save the kingdom and return home. When I watched it twice, everything that this movie throws totally blew me away. The premise about a young girl who gets transported to a magical fantasy land and is sent on a mission to find the MirrorMask to save the princess and get back to her own world was very interesting. The acting was magnificent, The visuals were creative and astounding, the scary moments were satisfying, and the CGI effects were solid and very unique. There are two problems with this movie however. 1. The fast pacing and 2. The tiresome minute length MirrorMask is a very good fantasy movie from famous author Neil Gaiman and it has a darker tone to go along with it. Thumbs Up. 8.8 out of 10
    Gavin C Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2011
    This has got to be one of the strangest lloking movies i've ever seen. The cgi and hazed lighting they used is completely fake looking, but in a way that you see it as a fantasy world rather than bad production value. I think for the style trying to be achieved, that it works extremely well. I mean you really feel like you're peeking inside someone's dream. The costume design helps out a lot with this; it's almost as outrageous as the effects. While the story is essentially a modernization of The Wizard of Oz, it still manages to hold its own. While most of the acting is pretty bad and damaging to the overall movie, Stephanie Leonidas does a great job and works well as the protagonist we can all root for. Overall, it's a very interesting movie, it just doesn't have certain things that would make it a good deal better.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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