The Mask
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Hyperactive mayhem results when a mild-manned banker discovers an ancient mask that transforms him into a zany prankster with superhuman powers in this special-effects-intensive comedy. The wildly improvisational Jim Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a decent-hearted but socially awkward guy who one night finds a strange mask. Carrey's trademark energy reveals itself after Stanley puts on the mask and the banker transforms into The Mask, a green-skinned, zoot-suited fireball. The rubber-faced Mask possesses the courage to do the wild, fun things that Stanley fears, including romancing Tina… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When his face turns green and his limbs get limber, Carrey's pretty much unstoppable. This cartoon-y creation is an amazing fusion of physical comedy and state-of-the- art cinema illusion."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"If a movie star was born in Ace Ventura, he is christened in The Mask. Quite simply, this is the best and freest crazy comedy to come along since Beetlejuice."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Carrey may be the finest comic to come along since Robin Williams."
‑ Stephen Wigler, Baltimore Sun
"...a kind of Roger Rabbit on steroids that still holds up well after all these years."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This special effects extravaganza is s good star vehicle for Jim Carrey, exhibiting his skills and his shticks; in a small part, the sexy Cameron Diaz is bound to become a leading lady."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The gangland plot is flimsy (bad guy Peter Greene wears too much eyeliner), and the jokes are erratic, but it's a far better showcase for Carrey's comic-from-Uranus talent than Ace Ventura."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Not only is he adept at physical humor, the kind of knockabout stuff that recalls the classic silent clowns, but Carrey also has a bright and likable screen presence, a lost puppy quality that is surprisingly endearing."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Adults should also be advised that the previews show most of the good effects, and are 100 minutes shorter."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The Mask is highly enjoyable -- if you can bear Carrey's constant tics and mugging."
‑ , Film4
"[It] wouldn't have been possible without Jim Carrey, who commands the physically demanding lead role with exuberant confidence."
‑ Jason Zingale,
"Carrey and his aggressive overbite are back, but this time he's better used as an ingredient instead of as the plot."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Carrey now has the clout to find a vehicle worthy of his hyperactive gooniness. When he does, we'll see if he's truly a jester for our time or simply the moron of the moment."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Carrey, the star of the surprising hit Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and a regular on TV's In Living Color, acquits himself well in a part of sublime goofiness."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Though the story has a certain universal appeal -- who hasn't felt like a useless jerk and wished to wake up capable of anything? -- the execution is oddly sour and distasteful."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Cartoony fun with a bombastic Jim Carrey."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
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