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  • Summary: MirrorMask is the story of Helena, a fifteen-year-old girl working for her family circus, who wishes -- quite ironically -- that she could run away from the circus and join real life. (The Jim Henson Company)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Not everyone's cup of tea, but a strong, heady brew.
  4. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    A truly unique fantasy, McKean’s screen debut is tangled but promising.
  5. 50
    Crafted by hand and computer, Mirrormask is as breathtakingly beautiful to behold as it is tedious to slog through.
  6. So single-minded in its reach for fantasy, it becomes the genre's evil opposite: banality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Feb 20, 2014
    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 also strange yet beautiful). Expand
  2. Sep 5, 2011
    While I was searching for a movie that would keep my interest just like the other ones in a library, I stumble upon this one known as MirrorMask. At first, I thought it was gonna be strange and awkward...

    Boy was I wrong.

    It caught my very interest and I think I'll write the plot in which we already know about. It tells about a 15 year old girl named Helena who works at a circus with her family and wishes to live in a real life. Suddenly, she finds herself transported into the Dark Lands with Giants, Monkeybirds and Sphinxes and must find the MirrorMask to save the kingdom and return home.

    When I watched it twice, everything that this movie throws totally blew me away. The premise about a young girl who gets transported to a magical fantasy land and is sent on a mission to find the MirrorMask to save the princess and get back to her own world was very interesting. The acting was magnificent, The visuals were creative and astounding, the scary moments were satisfying, and the CGI effects were solid and very unique.

    There are two problems with this movie however. 1. The fast pacing and 2. The tiresome minute length MirrorMask is a very good fantasy movie from famous author Neil Gaiman and it has a darker tone to go along with it. Thumbs Up.

    8.8 out of 10
  3. Aug 10, 2013
    Very theatrical, almost stage-like and a visual treat, though Gaiman's writing is as derivative and formulaic as ever. The star of the show is seeing Dave McKean's artwork in motion. Expand

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