Masked and Anonymous

Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 28
  2. Negative: 13 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. 50
    It's only when the film attempts to express its ideas in spoken English that logic dissolves into a muddle that would test the most rabid Dylanologist.
  2. Requires tremendous restraint not to conclude that this entertainingly apocalyptic mess is about nothing, since it may well be about everything. But I doubt it.
  3. "Masked" is erratic and volatile, too, from scene to scene, moment to moment. The script is chaotic, but the top-flight actors play their hearts out.
  4. For all its pretensions and avant-garde narrative dislocations, the star-studded cast...keeps this buzzing.
  5. 50
    A fascinating, vexing, indulgent, visionary, pretentious, mesmerizing pop culture curio.
  6. The film strains for some kind of meaning, but asks you to do the work it can't and won't perform on its own.
  7. Bob Dylan might have been wrong when he sang that "there’s no success like failure, and failure’s no success at all." His new movie, although a complete narrative mess, is a thoroughly Dylanesque escapade.
  8. Though Dylan shuffles through the dramatic sequences like a dessicated mummy, the music sequences are strikingly vibrant -- he's never looked worse or sounded better.
  9. Only Giovanni Ribisi, with a back-of-the-bus speech about the betrayals of insurgent and counter-insurgent politics, finds a genuine moment. All the same, for some unfathomable reason, Dylan's autumnal self-salute is not particularly difficult to watch.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. [Anonymous]
    Feb 17, 2008
    1
    Ugh. Fun to see two northern Minnesota kids(Dylan and Jessica Lange) perform together but, other than that, it is a major disappointment Ugh. Fun to see two northern Minnesota kids(Dylan and Jessica Lange) perform together but, other than that, it is a major disappointment given the strong cast. Full Review »
  2. jw
    Oct 13, 2006
    6
    Like a rare poison dart frog, I can appreciate the miracle of its evolution without wanting to pick it up and kiss it.
  3. SammyM.
    May 30, 2006
    9
    This movie was as mystical as it was cryptic. A host of shining stars light up the screen through captivating dialogue. Features amazing This movie was as mystical as it was cryptic. A host of shining stars light up the screen through captivating dialogue. Features amazing musical performances. Full Review »