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Son of the Mask Reviews

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 8, 2007
Whatever possessed director Lawrence Guterman and writer Lance Khazei to transform the sequel to 1994's libidinous hit comedy into pabulum?
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
No doubt extensive market research shows that there's an audience out there for movies like Son Of The Mask, but it's too depressing to speculate who that might be.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 22, 2005
In the five years I've been co-hosting this show, this is the closest I've ever come to walking out halfway through the film, and now that I look back on the experience, I wish I had.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
February 19, 2005
If you are the son of Frankenstein, Flubber, Dracula, Lassie, Ali Baba, Sinbad, Billy the Kid, Davy Crockett, Robin Hood, Tarzan or Satan, you have to accept that the movie about you is likely not as good or memorable as the one about your dad.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 18, 2005
A film top-heavy with joyless Tex Avery-style special effects and a dancing-baby bit embarrassingly reminiscent of TV's Ally McBeal.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
February 18, 2005
With so many cuts a second, all attention goes into following the visuals. Just as well, since the story leaves so little to work with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 18, 2005
Forget about such fripperies as story and character, and your inner 7-year-old can have a pretty good time with the film's Tex Avery-style mayhem ... and Chuck Jones-inspired sight gags.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 18, 2005
Guterman falls into the same trap he set for himself in the equally lifeless Cats & Dogs. There's nothing funny going on around those zany visuals.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
February 18, 2005
It's all very juvenile, yet there's a level of imagination one wouldn't expect from such fluff. It's the sort of visionary immaturity that bridges generations.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 18, 2005
Parents who let their kids see this stinker should be brought up on abuse charges; so should the movie ratings board that let this suggestive mess slip by with a PG rating.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 18, 2005
What the filmmakers missed in assuming the mask from the earlier film is that it was Carrey's astonishing physical comedy that made that film a hit, not the animation.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 18, 2005
What we basically have here is a license for the filmmakers to do whatever they want to do with the special effects, while the plot, like Wile E. Coyote, keeps running into the wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 18, 2005
90 minutes of flying grand pianos, green vomit, giant hand grenades, and photography that almost takes you into the actors' pores.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
February 18, 2005
If he keeps working hard and honing his craft, Jamie Kennedy may one day achieve his goal of becoming a second-rate Jim Carrey.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
February 17, 2005
It's repetitious, overpowering and ultimately rather tiring, wearing out its welcome too soon. Plus, that darn baby just scares me.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 17, 2005
Icky and incompetent (special effects aside) in equal parts, this groaner makes 1994's The Mask look like something you'd study in a film graduate course at NYU.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
February 17, 2005
It's astonishing how dull a movie that packs so much visual overstimulation into its frames can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
February 17, 2005
Son of the Mask is an irredeemable mess, a computer-animated Punch and Judy show without wit, heart or a single memorable performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 17, 2005
The attempt to invoke the imaginative mayhem of Warner Bros. animation never gets anywhere beyond the obvious effort, and it rests uneasily with the messages about the importance of being a good parent and balancing work and play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
February 17, 2005
Unnecessary but not entirely unpleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
February 17, 2005
It's not just an absence of Mr. Carrey that poses the problem. It's an absence of an intriguing story.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 17, 2005
Curdled gobs of antic shtick.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 17, 2005
A perfectly good six-minute animated short is taffy-pulled and inflated beyond reason or tolerance.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 17, 2005
Jim Carrey doesn't go anywhere near this follow-up to his 1994 blockbuster, and neither should viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
February 17, 2005
While director Lawrence Guterman (Cats & Dogs) offers some nice moments ... most of the animated sequences, capably mixed with live action, leave a bad aftertaste.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
February 17, 2005
Congratulations, it's a talking, dancing, top-hat-wearing boy! Just like in those incredibly innovative Quiznos commercials and that sitcom that got cancelled a while back.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 16, 2005
Sags more than it spins.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
February 15, 2005
The movie is built around these ostensibly kid-friendly fracases, but at its heart is a deep, unresolved ambivalence about child rearing.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
February 11, 2005
A truly numbing experience.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 11, 2005
Loud, mean-spirited and generally obnoxious, Son of the Mask makes the boisterous 1994 original look downright demure and refined.