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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Could be Exhibit A for anyone arguing the case that modern filmmaking lacks a strong sense of story."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Mirrormask eventually establishes itself as an thoroughly interminable piece of work that substitutes endless creativity for context and character development..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The story is interesting, in a twisted fairytale sort of way, but the novelty of this dream world does eventually wear off, and we're left checking our watches."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"...one of those movies that might be improved immensely by the consumption of certain mood-altering substances."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A 30-minute idea wrapped in a 100-minute movie. It's a jewel box filled with cubic zirconia."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Dense, dreamlike fantasy isn't for every kid."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"MirrorMask proves that a movie can be brilliant and awful at the same time."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"What a disappointment! The greatest fantasy novels and films are products of the unconscious - they have the authority of visions, glimpsed though imperfectly understood. But the creators of MirrorMask remain all too wide awake."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ Michael Senft, Arizona Republic
"The narrative is simplistic and lacking in energy, and the characters are sketched instead of fully formed."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"An alluring original piece of fantasy..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This one-of-a-kind fantasy film may be seen as a classic someday, possibly quite soon."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"A wonder of imaginative design and a failure of imaginative storytelling; after 101 minutes of this, you feel like a starving man being taunted with a Faberge egg."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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