MirrorMask (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 30, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While visually dazzling, there isn't enough story to hang all the fancy effects on.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Could be Exhibit A for anyone arguing the case that modern filmmaking lacks a strong sense of story.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Mirrormask eventually establishes itself as an thoroughly interminable piece of work that substitutes endless creativity for context and character development...

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A 30-minute idea wrapped in a 100-minute movie. It's a jewel box filled with cubic zirconia.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Dense, dreamlike fantasy isn't for every kid.

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Michael Senft
Arizona Republic

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.

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James Berardinelli

The narrative is simplistic and lacking in energy, and the characters are sketched instead of fully formed.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An alluring original piece of fantasy...

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
This is a really splendid visual feast. Neil Gaiman's story, Jim Hensons Company and Davie Mckea produce a wonderful feast for the eyes with a nifty little… More
Dead Angel
It is a very imaginative movie that won't make sense at first. Most of the visuals were just awesome. And I liked the song where Helena was having a… More
Letitia Lew
Beautiful visuals and some bursts of beautiful imagination but the plot lacked any sense of urgency or driving force, and the characters were not compelling.… More
Conner Rainwater
This has got to be one of the strangest lloking movies i've ever seen. The cgi and hazed lighting they used is completely fake looking, but in a way that… More
Mike S
Way too much surrealism for my taste, but I gotta give credit to the creators for making something so incredibly imaginative. I really wanted to like it more… More
Greg S
With her mother due to undergo surgery, a circus girl enters a dream where an evil queen and a good queen fight for control of a magical land (and for the… More