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Adventure . Fantasy . Drama . Science Fiction . Family

In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home

Actors: Robert Llewellyn , Lenny Henry , Stephen Fry , Dora Bryan , Gina McKee , Rob Brydon , Jason Barry , Stephanie Leonidas
Directors: Dave McKean
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2006-03-03
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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This dazzling reverie of a kids-and-adults movie, an unusual collaboration between lord-of-the-cult multimedia artist Dave McKean and king-of-the-comics Neil Gaiman (The Sandman), has something to astonish everyone.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Mirrormask is a gorgeous psychedelic cameo of a movie.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • James Greenberg

    If "The Wizard of Oz" were reborn in the 21st century, it might look a lot like MirrorMask. A product of the Jim Henson laboratory, the film is endlessly inventive with creativity to burn.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Not everyone's cup of tea, but a strong, heady brew.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Richly inventive.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Though the story meanders, the film's look is nothing short of breathtaking.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    At best, Helena's wiggy adventures recall such Jean Cocteau films as "Orpheus" and "Blood of a Poet." At worst, they resemble the Vegas act of Cirque du Soleil.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Episodic, detached, and lacking in drive, but packed with amazing, hallucinatory dream-imagery that makes real dreams look flat by comparison.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    The movie combines drawings, photos, hazy filters, superimpositions and computer effects into a pastiche both beautiful and disturbing.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    If you're not already smitten with all things Gaiman, you may well find yourself, like Helena, a stranger in a strange land.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Too strange and disjointed to attract much of an audience, but its astonishing visuals showcase a major new talent: first-time feature director and book illustrator Dave McKean.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    The surreal visuals are relentless, overpowering the narrative much as they do in the frames of comic books (sorry, graphic novels).

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Heidi Martinuzzi

    What it makes up for with sheer visual magic it lacks in coherent plotline.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    A truly unique fantasy, McKean’s screen debut is tangled but promising.

    Empire Full Review
  • Paula Nechak

    What remains is a sumptuous-looking film that sniffs at but ignores deeper Freudian implications.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Watching MirrorMask, I suspected the filmmakers began with a lot of ideas about how the movie should look, but without a clue about pacing, plotting or destination.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Allison Benedikt

    It's hollow.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Like many dreams, you won't remember it when you wake up. The style obliterates any emotional attachment.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The narrative is simplistic and lacking in energy, and the characters are sketched instead of fully formed.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Crafted by hand and computer, Mirrormask is as breathtakingly beautiful to behold as it is tedious to slog through.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Kevin Crust

    The teenager's journey through a nightmarish reverie presents hallucinogenic imagery that simultaneously dulls the senses and hot-wires the imagination, but it never fully engages emotionally.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Astonishing and frustrating, the fusion of live action and computer animation created by the Jim Henson Company in MirrorMask is an example of too much lavished on too little.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Like the recent Japanese import "Steamboy," this is worth seeing for the artwork alone, but it's so furiously overimagined it may leave you feeling dulled.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    The film galumphs along in static panels, prioritizing flash over thought, hyperextending a story that would barely sustain a children's picture book.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Emerges as an overproduced novelty pic that looks and feels more like a company promo reel than an engaging piece of storytelling.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Aggressive visual invention is rarely its own reward, and this movie does nothing to better the odds.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    So single-minded in its reach for fantasy, it becomes the genre's evil opposite: banality.

    Washington Post Full Review
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