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MirrorMask

MirrorMask

2005
Drama
Sci-fi
1h 41m
MirrorMask is the story of Helena, a fifteen-year-old girl working for her family circus, who wishes -- quite ironically -- that she could run away from the circus and join real life. (The Jim Henson Company)
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MirrorMask

2005
Drama
Sci-fi
1h 41m
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Rated 27 Jan 2007
72
41st
Your typical "down the rabbit's hole" children's story... a dreamworld with lot of oddball stuff going on that has analogues in reality. The art direction is really striking, though. It's amazing what they're doing with computers these days.
Rated 07 Jan 2007
60
32nd
Dave McKean's visuals are incredible (as always), but the characters were completely one dimensional and the meandering adventure seemed pointless. Watch it for McKean's art.
Rated 19 May 2008
88
95th
it befuddles me how a neil gaiman story has not breached america before this, having seen his previous graphic novels, he warrents more than this. also on account of the henson company how did this not get at least a top box-office for its time? it had good acting, uttterly amazing writing and such an amazing story as to put it up with the greats. not to mention an excellent soundtrack.
Rated 12 Sep 2008
54
34th
The talent involved with this would lead you to believe it's a much better film than it actually is. What a shame too, because Dave McKean does manage to create some real "wow" moments, visually. It's just that the story he came up with with Neil Gaiman is completely flat. It starts to come together a bit in the second half, but damn(!) the first hour is boring. Though beautiful, the movie feels ultimately pointless, but the visuals make it recommendable.
Rated 26 Sep 2010
57
51st
An eye candy with very little story back-bone to back up amazing art design and fun cgi animation. Few years later another very similar story by Gaiman was picked up by Hollywood, and I feel Coraline is superior movie on about every aspect. Then again, art direction is something worth seeing, and overall the film feels unusual enough to gather a cult following around it.
Rated 10 Sep 2008
66
38th
I have always found Neil Gaiman's stories bland, but this was really too mediocre. Distorted hero's journey ina pseudo-,nteresting setting sometimes works well in comics, but it is really boring as a movie. Because you really don't have enough time to appreciate design and artwork of McKean.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
15th
I did not see what made this thing so special. The story is childish and trite, the cheap special effects ruin a great artistic design.
Rated 25 Jan 2007
85
53rd
Neil Gaiman is a GOD. There is no denying this. However, even gods sometimes create works that are flawed. This film, while clearly touched by Gaiman's genious still feels like it needs something...I don't know what it is. I love the movie, don't get me wrong. It's just missing something to make it yet another perfect Gaiman Opus.
Rated 31 Dec 2008
100
99th
A surreal masterpiece. Like Alice in Wonderland if it was a bad acid trip instead of a good one. Oh, and it's all just a metaphor for bieng at that weird age between girl and woman among other things. Work of art, watch with an open mind.
Rated 10 Jan 2007
96
96th
Visually stunning and mesmerizing. This is the kind of movie we need more of these days. It certainly has its flaws, but in this time it definitely stands out and I think would have made a lot more money had it had a proper advertising campaign.
Rated 29 Apr 2009
75
39th
This movie has so much eye candy yet so little urge for me to ever watch it again.
Rated 15 Jan 2007
70
25th
A major suckfest. I expected so much more.
Rated 18 May 2011
7
16th
A visual delight.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
80
57th
Neil Gaiman's work is always genius. Brought to the silver screen, it is amazingly gorgeous and all we could have hoped for (and more). Gorgeous CGI, strange and beautiful things happen in this world Gaiman has created. I absolutely recommend it.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
96
96th
Neil Gailman, Dave Mckean, and the Jim Henson company combining lead to pure awesomeness. The good acting on behalf of...everyone just ensures that it's great.
Rated 22 Feb 2007
55
32nd
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Rated 18 Oct 2007
75
84th
Dreamy. distinctly arthouse. Great visuals & artistry. This is one that bears watching multiple times.
Rated 12 Sep 2007
84
40th
It's not Labrynth. But the design, the actors, and the Henson touch, even if it isn't as profound as it was back when Jim was still alive, make this an interesting watch, even if the story doesn't hold as well as it should.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
36th
MirrorMask proves to be just like looking into a mirror itself -- the images shown are lifelike and vivid in every detail, but the humanity we see is merely a reflection - a two-dimensional representation with no depth or soul of its own.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
40th
While it's got some cool images and effects, I wish I had enjoyed this more. I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman so I wanted this to be awesome but it's just kinda there. Helena's story is disappointingly derivative and uninspired, though well presented visually.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
89
88th
Very inventive and imaginative. The first time watching can be a bit much since there is so much to take in visually.
Rated 06 Jul 2013
90
93rd
Surreal, stunning and BIZARRE, yet so captivating I spent all my time just trying to keep up and take it all in. One of a kind. There's nothing to really compare it to, but if Lewis Carroll had possessed CGI, and if Alice had been 15, it would have looked like this. It never made it passed 50 screens in the US even with Henson's name on it. WTF? Supposed to be straight to DVD. (I'm assuming the buildings at Brighton are/were not in such a dilapidated state in 2003 or the present.)
Rated 21 Jul 2009
2
39th
A very visually creative fairy tale. Suffers from some cheesiness and the feeling of low-budgetry, but is otherwise a moderately recommendable, if very strange, film.
Rated 13 Sep 2022
70
34th
My brother and I still talk about this at least once a year just to confirm that it wasn't a joint hallucination.
Rated 04 Jul 2013
60
20th
Weak story hanging on some pretty terrible CGI. I liked the giants orbiting scene.
Rated 30 Jun 2007
73
22nd
Ambitious, but ultimately disappointing.
Rated 05 Jul 2017
64
61st
Nice piece of fantasy. Highly imaginative, which isn't surprising seeing how it's based on a Neil Gaiman novel. Very colourful and some interesting visuals, hard to believe the budget was $4 million. Well done.
Rated 24 Mar 2010
41
41st
this had all the makings of an awesome fantasy story, but the characters didn't really have much substance. and the strongest element of the film is its visuals, but even those already seem a bit dated. it's worth a watch for the art direction, but i really wish more of it were stop-motion and practical effects, the cgi makes it feel a bit cheap. all the same ideas worked out much better in Coraline.
Rated 12 Jan 2009
40
10th
This movie is similar to that scene from Orange County where Colin Hanks finds out that the girl he has just met and hit it off with is into Crazy Town, revealing her to be utterly shallow. I thought Mirrormask would be a great fantasy film, particularly given the unmistakable Dave McKean visuals. Unfortunately, it's a turd wrapped in a nice-looking package.
Rated 14 Sep 2013
4
91st
Familiar Gaiman themes of hidden or alternate worlds/child swapping and doppelgängers. The Henson Workshop visuals (with Lynne Chadwick/Henry Moore influences ?) were original and exciting. Seemed a little long at 2hrs though, could've been tighter. Still; a bit of a gem.
Rated 01 Dec 2010
3
68th
Just because of art design is worth seeing if not for anything else. Well that is one really big plus, which unfortunatelly pushes down things like acting and plot. Not that they are bad yet everything that matters is surrealism. I recommend that you get seriously drunk/stoned and then see it. Probably it's gonna be awesome.
Rated 18 Dec 2006
80
64th
Glorious design and effects manage to overcome what's an admittedly weak script (considering it's written by Neil Gaiman).
Rated 12 Jun 2009
77
92nd
Well crafted and beautiful fantasy. A great "coming of age" film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
88th
really loved this one...hated the soundtrack/score though....soooo much
Rated 23 Jan 2007
50
27th
i really like mckean work but... this one could have been better... disappointing ...
Rated 28 Jul 2007
0
4th
Nice visuals but the few parts of the plot that make sense are rather tired.
Rated 18 Jan 2009
60
27th
I watched it twice, but something inside didn't quite do the trick
Rated 30 Apr 2008
70
61st
It had a really really good look about it, and the story was somewhat cute. It's on the verge of greatness, but never quite makes it there. Still a great family movie though.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
25th
Visually very nice to look at, but that's about it. I love Neil Gaiman, and I really want to like this movie, but it is not very engaging on any level once you get past the special effects.
Rated 21 Aug 2012
90
80th
Sucks me right in to the world it creates.
Rated 13 Apr 2007
70
31st
A lot to take in all at once. Dreamlike and bizarre, and wildly inventive visually.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
2
8th
crap
Rated 12 Jan 2008
71
54th
This wasn't as good as it could have been. I realize films have a budget, but this film needed a bit more money, as the effects didn't seem to work as seamlessly as they should have. It spoiled the illusion. A great story and a great concept and some great ideas for visuals that remains enjoyable without being able to stretch far enough to reach the vision.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
85
59th
great oniric adventure. thanks to Dave McKean the aesthetic of the film is great. simple story (alice-like), but new approach.
Rated 21 Jun 2010
50
43rd
I found the story to be rather cold, and the effects to be pretty shoddy. But some of the weird, wild and wicked concepts in there makes this movie hard to hate.
Rated 24 Nov 2021
60
49th
Splendid visuals (ofc - Dave McKean!), but the plot was basically a mess.
Rated 15 Apr 2012
23
1st
exhausting and too fucked up movie
Rated 08 Dec 2009
8
79th
One of the most visually unique films I have ever seen
Rated 30 Nov 2008
95
84th
Really amazing movie, it's like dreaming another man's dream.
Rated 25 Aug 2009
66
41st
Very pretty, everything else has been practically done to death. The epitome of style over substance. I would imagine some of my least interesting art school friends would masturbate to this movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
51st
Really can't score this one. Dave McKean is brilliant, but the story is just bad.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
34
25th
If I ever do a review of Labyrinth, just look at that one and subtract 50 points from it.
Rated 02 Feb 2008
55
6th
A surrealistic story with beautiful pictures
Rated 27 Jan 2007
72
21st
Pretty film -- a Dave McKean picture come to life. The script doesn't stand up to Neil Gaiman's other work.
Rated 05 Aug 2007
78
73rd
Beautiful visuals
Rated 29 Jan 2011
98
98th
Mirrormask contains an incredibly imaginative world that isn't derivative of any fantasy world I have ever come across. Seeing the sights of inner workings of the MirrorMask world is worth the watch alone.
Rated 23 Jul 2016
42
10th
Fazlasıyla fantastik, fazlasıyla ilginç film. Ben beğenmedim betimlemelerin çoğunu abartılı ve anlamsız buldum, bunca kullanılan fantastik öğeye rağmen de anlatılan şey az geldi, görseller dahil olmak üzere kısaca her yönüyle yetersiz.
Rated 11 Oct 2009
50
28th
Extremely uneven; CGI ranges from atmospheric to terrible, the creature and location designs are either inspired or boring. The narrative lets two characters hobble from event to event without giving the viewer a sense of momentum or emotional attachment. And ye gods, that terrible orange hue over everything. Tries so hard to be the new Labyrinth and Neverending story both at once, but only manages to be an incoherent mess with some nifty aspects.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
62nd
Aesthetically pleasing and delightful to watch. I felt quite distant from the characters, but it allowed me to view the film much as I would a piece of art, and a lovely piece of art it is. Heart-warming beneath its surface, but this movie is more eye-candy than anything else.
Rated 31 Jan 2009
65
57th
I'm still not sure I really understand this movie, but it's visually interesting, at least.
Rated 16 Jan 2019
60
28th
The visuals are just fantastic at times and feel a bit like watching a surrealist painting come to life, but I was pretty underwhelmed other than that. Tries to be clever and charming but comes off silly and dull. Probably would have been a good candidate back in my college days when we'd light up and watch a visually trippy flick with the sound off and play equally trippy music instead.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
78th
The story is pretty straight forward, but the artistic nature of the film is makes the film better than mediocre.
Rated 23 Apr 2009
85
86th
Interesting movie, reminds me a lot of the 90s fantasies, except for a lot darker. Hints of Coraline too, but that's to be expected as its Neil Gaiman written.
Rated 27 Oct 2011
20
41st
"An amalgamation of so many disparate artistic influences that any hint of originality ultimately stems less from creative invention than imaginative synthesis." - Nick Schager
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
35th
Wierd film worth a watch.
Rated 09 May 2007
65
26th
beautiful design, boring movie.
Rated 05 Feb 2009
34
35th
A movie about a misunderstood, angsty goth-girl who's great at "drawring" pictures and juggling. Visually unique, but Neil Gaiman's bland script pulls the movie down. He should stick to writing books, not poisoning the screen with duds like this and Stardust (wait...maybe he should just stay away from compound words).
Rated 22 Jul 2009
60
24th
Visually fantastic, but I found Helena to be way too annoying.
Rated 09 Aug 2020
60
46th
Cirque de Solei: The movie
Rated 01 Mar 2014
27
23rd
Thankfully someone is now filming Good Omens - Neil Gaimans best work, a magnificent work, that is made for cinema. For all Neil Gaimans merits no other work of his has had success on the screen. The cinematography here is great, and there are some great actors, but at best this attempt can be described as brave,
Rated 16 Jul 2015
40
15th
Seemed to be weird for weirdness sake which is fine if you get weird enough but this film wasn't that weird to pull it off. That being said it is one of the better dora the explorer episodes out there
Rated 14 Jun 2007
80
60th
Amazing visuals, but Gaiman let the script drop near the end, and they blew all the budget on the FX.
Rated 02 Apr 2012
85
73rd
The art is amazing, just a wonder to look at. Very Labyrinth-ish.
Rated 07 Jul 2007
93
83rd
Mostly for the bloody brilliant visuals of it all. It was gorgeous to look at.
Rated 22 Dec 2008
80
40th
When I first saw the trailer I was a little iffy on the outdated graphics, but it works surprisingly well, especially with the 90's style coffeehouse jazz soundtrack. Some trip-ups here and there but otherwise a very inventive Alice-in-Wonderland-style trip into the imagination.
Rated 02 Aug 2013
82
67th
So surreal that that's an understatement. The good kind of surreal, and stunningly beautiful. The giants, the Bobs, the Sphinx lady, and more inhabit this strange world. It's a fun trip.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
39th
As a fan of Mckean and Gaiman I have to admit that I'm pretty biased about this film. I enjoyed it immensly and while it's pretty much the ultimate in "style over substance" it is still very engaging and interesting.
Rated 15 Nov 2011
56
33rd
"Hi, I'm Neil Gaiman. Here's what my mind looks like." AAAAAAAAH!
Rated 08 Aug 2010
65
40th
I doubt Neil Gaiman can ever be put properly on screen but has a good try
Rated 07 Feb 2008
89
87th
A trite story, but the visuals, being unique and relevant make up for it.
Rated 13 Oct 2009
60
49th
Unfortunately the Henson company working at that low budget weren't able to live up to my expectations for the directorial debut of a visual genius as Dave McKean, and McKean himself struggles a bit in the director's chair... But the Gaiman'esk story is sweet and dark, and all in all the movie is still definitely worth a watch.
Rated 31 Jan 2009
75
35th
Visually stunning but seems to lose its point halfway through.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
62
56th
I love the Alice and wonder land style movies. This drew me in. Too bad the beginning was so freaking slow.
Rated 13 Sep 2009
89
44th
Coming of age quest fantasy set within a lush surrealistic dreamscape. Outstanding visual feast.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
55
30th
Good looking but mildly uninvolving fantasy.

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