The Mask of Zorro


Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. This is hot-weather escapism so earnestly retrograde that it seems new.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    The return of the legendary swordsman is well served by a grandly mounted production in the classical style.
  3. A lively, old-fashioned adventure yarn with just a twist of modern attitude, it's the kind of pleasant entertainment that allows the paying customers to have as much fun as the people on screen.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    This spirited rerun, neatly mixing parody and panache, squeezes a surprising amount of fun out of the old war horse.
  5. 75
    The film is a display of traditional movie craftsmanship, especially at the level of the screenplay, which respects the characters and story and doesn't simply use them for dialogue breaks between action sequences.
  6. Proudly old-fashioned in every way except the often excessive violence that director Martin Campbell splashes across the screen.
  7. 75
    A great deal of excitement and adventure, all brought to the screen by using a somewhat irreverent tone that keeps the mood light without trivializing the characters.
  8. This pleasant movie anachronism, an assemblage of traditional Robin Hooded scenarios (and superior swordplay) that, in the right light, is a nostalgic treat, and in shadow evokes Monty Python.
  9. The return to an Errol Flynn-style hero, who can swing from chandeliers, fight with two swords at once and ride a horse backward, recalls a movie era both sexier and more innocent.
  10. Old-fashioned fun that goes down as smoothly as a vintage cocktail.
  11. 70
    A screenplay that not only has a way with genre cliché, but manages to score some deviously witty political points
  12. 70
    The Mask Of Zorro is disarming for the same reasons, coasting on the charisma of its stars and a few exciting action setpieces.
  13. 67
    A pleasantly vicarious slice of summertime falderol, innocuous in its presentation and often genuinely fun.
  14. 60
    Director Martin Campbell's lumpy direction doesn't coalesce into anything much beyond a pleasant assembly of set pieces.
  15. Spectacular, fast, never boring. But it's also one of the more disappointing movies I've seen recently.
  16. 50
    Antonio Banderas signs up for charisma lessons from Anthony Hopkins -- but they just don't take.
  17. A slew of writers and an enthusiastic cast all do their jobs admirably enough to provide a couple of hours of unembarrassing entertainment.
  18. 50
    Nothing really works on any level above mediocrity.
  19. 50
    Lavishly produced swashbuckler that should have been far more entertaining.
  20. Entertaining, but it's about one notch below being something anybody really needs to see.
  21. Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas work with professional skill in a ludicrous vehicle.
  22. 40
    A romantic adventure-movie slapstick that's too screwy for the action crowd and too old-fashioned for the Home Alone contingent.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 178 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 31, 2010
    Antonio Banderas for the win!
  2. Aug 11, 2010
    This movie is phenomenal and definitely one of the most underrated movies of all-time. The plot is great, everything flows wonderfully fromThis movie is phenomenal and definitely one of the most underrated movies of all-time. The plot is great, everything flows wonderfully from scene to scene and it gives you that feel of a real authentic movie. The action is fantastic as well, I mean who doesn't love sword-fighting especially when its done this good. I thought characters were also well mapped out and you really do care what happens to them. Full Review »
  3. JoséA.
    Dec 11, 2005
    This a very very cool movie is great.