MirrorMask (2005)



Critic 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.
PG (for some mild thematic elements and scary images)
Drama , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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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
Nik Robson
as Pingo
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Critic Reviews for MirrorMask

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (29)

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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

October 21, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for MirrorMask


Way too much surrealism for my taste, but I gotta give credit to the creators for making something so incredibly imaginative. I really wanted to like it more than I did, but the visual style just wasn't my cup of tea. In fact, I was rather annoyed and put off by it. Nice performance by Stephanie Leonidas though. The lines flowed so naturally from her tongue that it's hard to believe she was actually acting. It's strange that I haven't seen her in any other films, because her talent deserves a lot more recognition. Either way, Leonidas' wonderful charisma was unfortunately not enough to save me from boredom, and it's a miracle I got through this without falling asleep. That isn't to say it's awful, because I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who like it. I just prefer fantasy that is more reality-based, as opposed to bizarre and dream-like.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer


It is a very imaginative movie that won't make sense at first. Most of the visuals were just awesome. And I liked the song where Helena was having a makeover. But I'm not really sure about recommending since it didn't amazed me that much.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


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 Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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