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  • Summary: In this "erotic murder mystery," a lesbian private investigator from Sydney, Australia who is investigating the mysterious disappearance of a university poetry student falls in love with one of the suspects.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. In directing The Monkey's Mask from Annie Kennedy's adaptation of Dorothy Porter's novel-in-poetry, Samantha Lang displays considerable style and assurance, with Porter and McGillis giving beautifully nuanced portrayals.
  2. 80
    What makes the film compelling is the filmmakers' ability to blend a studied (occasionally academic) dissection of cultural and sexual decadence with a potboiler plot.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Builds and sustains considerable interest through its unexpected characterizations, unusual milieu and atmospheric style.
  4. Poetry, lesbian sex and murder might be a killer combination if a deadly pace weren't included in the mix.
  5. 50
    It is awkward and dull, a capital crime for an aspiring noir.
  6. 38
    Remarkably sluggish and not particularly suspenseful.
  7. 10
    The film seems dimly aware of its own ridiculousness, but it lacks the constitution for self-mockery.

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