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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
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Critic Reviews for MirrorMask

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  • 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

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 Lew
Letitia Lew

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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 is a really splendid visual feast. Neil Gaiman's story, Jim Hensons Company and Davie Mckea produce a wonderful feast for the eyes with a nifty little fantasy story. Well done.

John Manard
John Manard

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