The Monkey's Mask
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A female detective discovers the dark side of the world of contemporary literature in this unusual thriller from Australia. Mickey (Abbie Cornish) is a brash young female poet who is gaining a potent reputation for her powerful verse about love and sex. When she suddenly disappears, private detective Jill Fitzpatrick (Susie Porter) is hired to help find her. Jill doesn't know much about poetry, so she starts her investigation by tracking down Mickey's teacher and mentor, Diana (Kelly McGillis), to learn more about Mickey and the circles in which she traveled. Jill is a lesbian, and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An uneasy mix of tired detective-movie clichés and low-key arty pretension."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"You Should Pay Nine Bucks to See This: If you hate poetry. It will make your prejudice seem justified."
‑ Dave White, IFilm
"Looks slick on the surface, but underneath is a plot so tangled, frayed and silly it's about as suspenseful as the Keystone Cops."
‑ Anne Crump, San Francisco Examiner
"Wary, conflicted, gutsy, and simpatico, [Lang'd] make a fine series character."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Boasts strong, highly watchable perfs."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"The mystery story seemed drained of any suspense."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film, with lurid and kinky elements familiar to those who remember Dario Argento or Radley Metzger, provides slumming without guilt."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"...a brilliantly modern homage to everything that was great about the golden era of gritty gumshoe flicks."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"Emphasizes sex at the expense of mystery."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Carries the leaden whiff of the ghosts of thrillers past."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Lang's dramatic pacing is sluggish and dull."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"[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."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Despite a lack of stamina storywise, The Monkey's Mask, director Samantha Lang's risky film noir, weaves a strange spell."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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