The Monkey's Mask Reviews

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August 12, 2005
November 18, 2002
Don't be fooled by the packaging: at the heart of it, it's a pedestrian detective thriller that doesn't have much going for it in terms of originality.
June 22, 2002
The mystery story seemed drained of any suspense.
June 14, 2002
An uneasy mix of tired detective-movie clichs and low-key arty pretension.
December 14, 2001
Wary, conflicted, gutsy, and simpatico, [Lang'd] make a fine series character.
December 6, 2001
Emphasizes sex at the expense of mystery.
October 18, 2001
The sex scenes between the women do little to advance the story, but they blessedly distract both Jill and the viewer from the thin narrative.
October 15, 2001
Lang's dramatic pacing is sluggish and dull.
September 28, 2001
Boasts strong, highly watchable perfs.
September 27, 2001
Carries the leaden whiff of the ghosts of thrillers past.
September 7, 2001
Samantha Lang displays considerable style and assurance, with Porter and McGillis giving beautifully nuanced portrayals.
September 6, 2001
You Should Pay Nine Bucks to See This: If you hate poetry. It will make your prejudice seem justified.
August 27, 2001
Remarkably sluggish and not particularly suspenseful.
August 27, 2001
The film, with lurid and kinky elements familiar to those who remember Dario Argento or Radley Metzger, provides slumming without guilt.
August 26, 2001
[The film] is about nudity and bad poetry -- really bad poetry. The nudity is in the context of a lesbian affair that's about as convincing as a Playboy photo shoot.
August 24, 2001
Looks slick on the surface, but underneath is a plot so tangled, frayed and silly it's about as suspenseful as the Keystone Cops.
August 24, 2001
Poetry, lesbian sex and murder might be a killer combination if a deadly pace weren't included in the mix.
August 24, 2001
...a brilliantly modern homage to everything that was great about the golden era of gritty gumshoe flicks.
August 10, 2001
Despite a lack of stamina storywise, The Monkey's Mask, director Samantha Lang's risky film noir, weaves a strange spell.
August 10, 2001
Porter brings such buried heartache and old-school moxie to her role that I wish she had her own detective-movie franchise.
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