Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 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.
  2. This is hot-weather escapism so earnestly retrograde that it seems new.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    This spirited rerun, neatly mixing parody and panache, squeezes a surprising amount of fun out of the old war horse.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    The return of the legendary swordsman is well served by a grandly mounted production in the classical style.
  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. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Staff(Not credited)
    75
    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.
  10. 70
    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. Reviewed by: Bruce Diones
    60
    Director Martin Campbell's lumpy direction doesn't coalesce into anything much beyond a pleasant assembly of set pieces.
  15. 50
    Lavishly produced swashbuckler that should have been far more entertaining.
  16. Spectacular, fast, never boring. But it's also one of the more disappointing movies I've seen recently.
  17. Entertaining, but it's about one notch below being something anybody really needs to see.
  18. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    50
    A slew of writers and an enthusiastic cast all do their jobs admirably enough to provide a couple of hours of unembarrassing entertainment.
  19. Reviewed by: Anthony Miele
    50
    Nothing really works on any level above mediocrity.
  20. Reviewed by: David Denby
    50
    Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas work with professional skill in a ludicrous vehicle.
  21. 50
    Antonio Banderas signs up for charisma lessons from Anthony Hopkins -- but they just don't take.
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    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
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 31, 2010
    9
    Antonio Banderas for the win!
  2. Aug 11, 2010
    10
    This 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. Feb 27, 2014
    8
    The Mask of Zorro will be a great classic someday. The Zorro films have always been inspiring and original, and that's what makes them special and unique. This film, like a great scotch, will get better with age. Full Review »