Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 50
    Carrey has yet to find the perfect vehicle for himself, but The Mask, while hardly as fantastic as it should have been, is a step in the right direction.
  2. The results are easy to watch, though awfully familiar and simpleminded.
  3. 75
    The result is a movie character who seems half real, half animated.
  4. The Mask, a rattletrap Jekyll-and-Hyde farce, surrounds Carrey with a nothing plot and a cast of ciphers. Still, his scenes as the Mask are rowdy and enjoyable.
  5. 63
    As a comedy, The Mask is genial, but its recycled plot is far too thin for the film to succeed as either an adventure or a spoof.
  6. 75
    This gifted clown has found the right vehicle for his souped-up silliness. Carrey is the ultimate party dude, and like the masked man says, this party is smokin'.
  7. An astonishingly lazy and perfunctory effort that does little to realize his (Carrey) comic potential.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    60
    The funniest moment comes when Carrey mimes the effects of the Mask without special effects.
  9. 75
    Carrey's jolly green mug carries Mask. [29 July 1994, p. D1]
  10. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    80
    This showcase for the talents of Jim Carrey is adroitly directed, viscerally and visually dynamic and just plain fun.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Brown
    80
    Carrey's a human cartoon, and his spontaneous, Avery-esque, anything-for-a-laugh outrageousness makes this otherwise blank Mask a must-see.
  12. 50
    Mike Werb's screenplay -- just a rickety framework for Carrey's consummate clowning -- lacks a propelling plot and has zip in terms of secondary character development.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Nov 12, 2011
    7
    "The Mask" is very childesh in a general term despite it's elite CGI. BUT. It's Jim Carrey's half real, half animated acting that saves the movie.
  2. j30
    Jan 26, 2012
    6
    The Mask is good movie on a small level, it's entertaining, it's relatively funny, and it introduces us to Cameron Diaz. It is certainly not aThe Mask is good movie on a small level, it's entertaining, it's relatively funny, and it introduces us to Cameron Diaz. It is certainly not a must-see, great movie, but just simply OK? Full Review »
  3. Sep 29, 2011
    10
    This is without doubt one of Jim Carreys best movies.

    Jim performs in the way only he can, I consider this one of my all time favourite
    This is without doubt one of Jim Carreys best movies.

    Jim performs in the way only he can, I consider this one of my all time favourite movies, and I could watch it over and over and never get bored of it.

    Cameron Diaz looks incredible in this movie, probably the best she's ever looked in her career, she is quite litterally 'Smokin' watch her first scene in the bank, and you'll know what I mean!
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