The Mask
The Mask (1994)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 29, 1994
DVD Release Date: February 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It misses perhaps as often as it hits, but Jim Carrey's manic bombast, Cameron Diaz' blowsy appeal, and the film's overall cartoony bombast keep The Mask afloat.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Stephen Wigler
Baltimore Sun

Carrey may be the finest comic to come along since Robin Williams.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

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.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Adults should also be advised that the previews show most of the good effects, and are 100 minutes shorter.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Carrey and his aggressive overbite are back, but this time he's better used as an ingredient instead of as the plot.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
truly enjoy this film. It isn't the best movie ever or anything like that but it is still a hugely enjoyable comedy in my opinion. And I also think that… More
Scott Green
The sort of film you can put on a saturday afternoon and actually pay attention to, funny in a way and a fun story and all round.
Dean King
One of my fave Jim Carrey films. Very funny and good animation for the mask. One of Cameron Diaz earliest films. Re-watched recently, starting to look a bit… More
Michael Edwards
Carrey could've done a lot better in this film
Directors Cat
The Mask is the funniest film I have ever seen in my life. It's the film that started my love for the talented Jim Carrey. His enthusiasm and rubber faced… More
Eric Alvarez
Great whacky Jim Carrey movie. Loved it as a of a kind.