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The Mask Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    56

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    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.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The New Yorker

    The funniest moment comes when Carrey mimes the effects of the Mask without special effects.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The result is a movie character who seems half real, half animated.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Carrey's jolly green mug carries Mask. [29 July 1994, p. D1]

  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety

    This showcase for the talents of Jim Carrey is adroitly directed, viscerally and visually dynamic and just plain fun.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 11+

A bit crude, but fun and relatively harmless.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains a great deal of cartoon violence. There are shootouts, some bloodshed, and a death off screen. Property is destroyed without consequence. A man is shown with a car muffler protruding from his behind. A condom is exposed briefly in a balloon gag. Several shots focus on a woman's cleavage and jokes intimating sex are numerous.

  • Families can talk about the idea of making judgments about people based on their looks, wealth, and personality. Parents can use this film to discuss setting personal goals toward self-improvement.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of cartoonish violence.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Cameron Diaz 's cleavage is its own character. Sex jokes.

  • language false3

    Language: Some profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking.

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