Mask (1985)

This is the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a personable young man suffering from "lionitis," a fatal disease which causes hideous facial disfigurement. The son of freewheeling biker Rusty Dennis (Cher), Rocky is… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 8, 1985
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film's undeniable impact comes from Bogdanovich's willingness to go too far with practically every emotional moment, while maintaining a distant, classical visual style that gives the film a surface dignity and reserve.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

One of those movies that try so hard to get their supposedly universal message across that they are likely to put your teeth on edge more often than they bring one little, lonely teardrop to the eye.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Bogdanovich invests the story with warmth, generosity and considerable power.

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Emanuel Levy

Exremely well acted family melodrama about a disfigured boy that in the hands of another director could have been a schmaltzy TV Movie of the Week

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TV Guide

A good movie that could have been a great one with a little more restraint.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A wonderful movie, a story of high spirits and hope and courage.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Complex, moving story most appropriate for teens.

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Scott Weinberg

Three great performances (and some great make-up) anchor this tale of facial deformity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Careter
A movie with a lot a heart. But sadly nobody wants to watch such a sad story ever again.
Spencer S.
One of those movies you just need to see to truly understand.
♥Robyn M♥
Unlike the tale of the handsome prince who exists inside a toad, ''Mask'' is a movie whose ugly exterior hides not a beautiful soul but a… More
Randy Tippy
My introduction to the talents of Eric Stoltz. This is an emotional, loosely adapted true story that, as good as it is, might have been better served as an… More
Jason Spencer
I remember watching this movie when I was younger wondering when the rig was going to drive out and turn into the command center like it does on the cartoon.… More
Mike S
A quite sad, yet touching story about outsiderness and how pure willpower and love can overcome a very tragic fate. It's even more sad to know that this… More