The Mask of Zorro
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Director Martin Campbell, well-known to the action arena after 1995's GoldenEye, teams up with executive producer Steven Spielberg to bring the first Hollywood production of creator Johnston McCulley's Zorro in over four decades to the big screen. With scenic 18th century Mexico as a backdrop, Anthony Hopkins plays the original Zorro, a.k.a. Don Diego de la Vega, intent on revenge after rival enemy Don Raphael Montero (Stuart Wilson) murdered his wife and took his daughter, Elena. After being imprisoned for 20 years, the fabled hero removes his mask and takes on a tarnished young… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Mask of Zorro stands as a pointed riposte to those who say they don't make 'em like that anymore."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A lively, old-fashioned adventure yarn with just a twist of modern attitude, it's the kind of pleasant entertainment that allows the paying customers to have as much fun as the people on screen."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Simplistic but sprawling action film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Directed with snap and panache by Martin Campbell, Mask of Zorro gives audiences a pair of dashing whippersnappers for the price of one."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Zorro follows the predictable paths of action movies, but re-energizes the pattern with adrenaline, exuberance, creativity, and humor."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The story is not important. The clash of swords, the leaps, the tumbles -- it's all very nice. But after 136 minutes, it becomes a bit much."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Mask of Zorro has something you don't often see in modern action pictures: a sense of honor."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is the best movie version of Zorro to date, and High-Definition makes it that much more exciting."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Not so much a blood-pounding swashbuckling adventure as it is a comfortable old friend--the kind of movie your grandfather might have seen at a Saturday matinee."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A surprisingly good example of Hollywood's craftsmanship."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Banderas and Hopkins prove that there's life in the Z-boy yet, but by leaving in the dull patches, the filmmakers may find audiences catching zzzzzs in ways they never intended."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Banderas, with his flashing eyes, makes a good mock-Hidalgo, but the movie would be a lot more amusing if it weren't such kid stuff."
‑ David Denby, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Crisp and competent and often witty, but it only does what it's supposed to do; it's never quite inspired or exhilarating..."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Buckling the swash in a way approaching Errol Flynn, Antonio is up for the action and handles the slapstick as the inept student with aplomb. The romance between him and Zeta-Jones has sparks, too."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"At its best, this 'Zorro' captures some of the dizzyingly romantic flavor of pulp fiction. ...Unfortunately, Martin Campbell has directed this Mexican melodrama in an often uninspired fashion."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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