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MirrorMask Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 21, 2005
The narrative is simplistic and lacking in energy, and the characters are sketched instead of fully formed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 20, 2005
The story is such a mess, it's no wonder so many characters are running around hiding their faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
October 20, 2005
Luscious evidence that the look of modern fantasy cinema can amount to more than bald-faced Tim Burton swipes arriving 15 years after the fact.
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 13, 2005
It's a near-flawless marriage of content and form, a movie that kids, adults and graduate students of computer imagery will all have their own reasons to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 13, 2005
Emotionally direct and visually baroque, MirrorMask reminded me of Queen's epic songs, which find over-the-top ways to explore everyday situations.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 13, 2005
Many graphic novels are being turned into movies these days. MirrorMask is a movie that would work better as a graphic novel.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
October 13, 2005
An ideal cerebral escape for that advanced learner in your family who's biding time between Eragon and Harry Potter novels.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 9, 2005
Shows plenty of visual imagination but is totally devoid of charm, wit or emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Luke Y. Thompson
Dallas Observer
October 8, 2005
looks as amazing as anything onscreen this year.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
October 7, 2005
With its mind-numbing excess of digital imagery and lack of compensatory storytelling, MirrorMask suggests that something of Gaiman's is getting lost in translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 6, 2005
A muddled and maudlin mystery tale that has little emotional impact and can't deliver on its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
October 6, 2005
Gaiman's vision for the film is cluttered, but commendably ambitious, and he succeeds more than he fails in crafting an adventure/fantasy for thinking audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
October 6, 2005
A unique new world, crammed to the gills with invention, which comes off as almost completely static. A fantasy can be a lot of things, but dull shouldn't be one of them.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
October 6, 2005
Winsome in the tradition of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 3, 2005
It's so beautiful and so different and has such a unique feel to it.
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
October 2, 2005
Gaiman lays the groundwork and then McKean...well, does what McKean does: he brings it to visual life and then blows you away with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 2, 2005
[An] entertaining if sporadically overstuffed package of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
October 1, 2005
A study in communicative detachment; it has the look down pat, but what is underneath holds the expressiveness and passion of a store window mannequin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 1, 2005
Each scene is a masterwork of composition and execution.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 1, 2005
It is visionary in the best sense of the word, if also somewhat thinly plotted, narratively derivative and even at times dull. But it is eye candy of Godiva-like richness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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