MirrorMask

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. 91
    Mirrormask is a gorgeous psychedelic cameo of a movie.
  2. This dazzling reverie of a kids-and-adults movie, an unusual collaboration between lord-of-the-cult multimedia artist Dave McKean and king-of-the-comics Neil Gaiman (The Sandman), has something to astonish everyone.
  3. If "The Wizard of Oz" were reborn in the 21st century, it might look a lot like MirrorMask. A product of the Jim Henson laboratory, the film is endlessly inventive with creativity to burn.
  4. Though the story meanders, the film's look is nothing short of breathtaking.
  5. Not everyone's cup of tea, but a strong, heady brew.
  6. At best, Helena's wiggy adventures recall such Jean Cocteau films as "Orpheus" and "Blood of a Poet." At worst, they resemble the Vegas act of Cirque du Soleil.
  7. 70
    Episodic, detached, and lacking in drive, but packed with amazing, hallucinatory dream-imagery that makes real dreams look flat by comparison.
  8. The movie combines drawings, photos, hazy filters, superimpositions and computer effects into a pastiche both beautiful and disturbing.
  9. 67
    If you're not already smitten with all things Gaiman, you may well find yourself, like Helena, a stranger in a strange land.
  10. The surreal visuals are relentless, overpowering the narrative much as they do in the frames of comic books (sorry, graphic novels).
  11. 63
    Too strange and disjointed to attract much of an audience, but its astonishing visuals showcase a major new talent: first-time feature director and book illustrator Dave McKean.
  12. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    60
    A truly unique fantasy, McKean’s screen debut is tangled but promising.
  13. 60
    What it makes up for with sheer visual magic it lacks in coherent plotline.
  14. What remains is a sumptuous-looking film that sniffs at but ignores deeper Freudian implications.
  15. Like many dreams, you won't remember it when you wake up. The style obliterates any emotional attachment.
  16. 50
    The narrative is simplistic and lacking in energy, and the characters are sketched instead of fully formed.
  17. 50
    Crafted by hand and computer, Mirrormask is as breathtakingly beautiful to behold as it is tedious to slog through.
  18. 50
    Watching MirrorMask, I suspected the filmmakers began with a lot of ideas about how the movie should look, but without a clue about pacing, plotting or destination.
  19. 50
    The teenager's journey through a nightmarish reverie presents hallucinogenic imagery that simultaneously dulls the senses and hot-wires the imagination, but it never fully engages emotionally.
  20. Astonishing and frustrating, the fusion of live action and computer animation created by the Jim Henson Company in MirrorMask is an example of too much lavished on too little.
  21. 50
    Like the recent Japanese import "Steamboy," this is worth seeing for the artwork alone, but it's so furiously overimagined it may leave you feeling dulled.
  22. The film galumphs along in static panels, prioritizing flash over thought, hyperextending a story that would barely sustain a children's picture book.
  23. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    40
    Emerges as an overproduced novelty pic that looks and feels more like a company promo reel than an engaging piece of storytelling.
  24. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Aggressive visual invention is rarely its own reward, and this movie does nothing to better the odds.
  25. So single-minded in its reach for fantasy, it becomes the genre's evil opposite: banality.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Jan 3, 2016
    4
    With Jim Henson's name attached to it, I was very curious to see "Mirrormask". After having seen it, I was very disappointment. While theWith Jim Henson's name attached to it, I was very curious to see "Mirrormask". After having seen it, I was very disappointment. While the Tim-Burtonesque scenery was very original, the sub-par (for 2005) CGI made it look like a mediocre computer game which took away much of the magic this film could have had. Stop motion or the typical Henson style puppets could have saved this film, however for some reason (budget?) they did not pick that option.

    Besides that, the main character had little personality and her behavior was not believable for someone trapped in a surreal nightmarish dream world. The plot wasn't really compelling either and the ending was just lame. Besides that, for most of the film I was wondering how long it would take until it's over and that's usually not a good sign.

    "Nightmare Before Christmas" was a wonderful surreal and dark little story that captivated the hearts of many viewers and "Mirrormask" tries to be something similar but unfortunately it failed at many levels.
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  2. Sep 12, 2014
    7
    Not the kind of story I expected it to be, but good nonetheless. The visual side was artistically crude, but that was the whole point, andNot the kind of story I expected it to be, but good nonetheless. The visual side was artistically crude, but that was the whole point, and gave the movie more credibility. The plot got a little unexplained and hurried at times, but I personally liked this version of "worlds within worlds" a lot. Great acting, and the common themes were handled with an air of freshness. Full Review »
  3. Feb 20, 2014
    9
    Strange yet beautiful film. I love the look, the music, and the story. I enjoyed this movie a lot more than Pan's Labyrinth (which was alsoStrange yet beautiful film. I love the look, the music, and the story. I enjoyed this movie a lot more than Pan's Labyrinth (which was also strange yet beautiful). Full Review »