Son of the Mask


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 26
  2. Negative: 21 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. Even with a new leading man and a more family-friendly rating, some things never change: The Mask still stars Industrial Light & Magic.
  2. What the filmmakers missed in assuming the mask from the earlier film is that it was Carrey's astonishing physical comedy that made that film a hit, not the animation.
  3. 38
    What we basically have here is a license for the filmmakers to do whatever they want to do with the special effects, while the plot, like Wile E. Coyote, keeps running into the wall.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The net result is a truly numbing experience.
  5. 30
    Most of the animated sequences, capably mixed with live action, leave a bad aftertaste, particularly when the ultimate fate of one beaten and battered human bystander after another is left callously unresolved. In other words, parents beware.
  6. Too low-key and amiable to match the lubriciousness Jim Carrey brought to the original.
  7. Cumming's antic acting is the only asset of this boisterous comedy.
  8. Little kidniks with an appetite for zap-pow silliness might find this to their liking. Everyone else, beware.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Icky and incompetent (special effects aside) in equal parts, this groaner makes 1994's "The Mask" look like something you'd study in a film graduate course at NYU.
  10. Doing a sequel to "The Mask" without Jim Carrey sounds like a really bad idea. As Son of the Mask proves, it is.
  11. A comedy so unfunny, it's tragic.
  12. Loud, mean-spirited and generally obnoxious, Son of the Mask makes the boisterous 1994 original look downright demure and refined.
  13. One presumes the only thing worse than making this disaster is actually watching it; wouldn't wish either on anyone.
  14. 20
    It's astonishing how dull a movie that packs so much visual overstimulation into its frames can be.
  15. 20
    S-s-s-smokin'? Hardly, this sequel to the 1994 Jim Carrey flick "The Mask" should have been snuffed out in the drawing room.
  16. 12
    At its least intolerable, the movie is a fatherhood freak-out.
  17. 11
    But for anyone who assumed Kennedy's experiment couldn't sink any lower than "Malibu's Most Wanted," there are, it appears, ever deeper depths in the realm of comedic misfires.
  18. An irredeemable mess, a computer-animated Punch and Judy show without wit, heart or a single memorable performance.
  19. 0
    A witless and vulgar sequel.
  20. 0
    No doubt extensive market research shows that there's an audience out there for movies like Son Of The Mask, but it's too depressing to speculate who that might be.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 279 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 83
  2. Negative: 53 out of 83
  1. GavinC
    Jul 27, 2009
    Childish, unfunny, and boring.
  2. Oct 30, 2010
    whats the purpose of this movie? it missed the presence of Jim Carrey from the original. this is by far the worst.
  3. JamesS.
    May 15, 2010
    This movie stinks! Where's Jim Carrey?!