The Monkey's Mask

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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.

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  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. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Loren King
    50
    It is awkward and dull, a capital crime for an aspiring noir.
  6. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    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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