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children & family, sci-fi & fantasy

MirrorMask is the story of Helena, who works for the family circus, and wishes-quite ironically-that she could run away and join real life

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ON for kids age 9
Positive messages
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Dense, dreamlike fantasy isn't for every kid.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although there's some potentially scary creature imagery in this fantastical plunge into a post-modern Wonderland, it's more weird and playfully grotesque than ugly or horrific. A menacing queen who sprouts black tentacles (through her mouth at one point) is the worst of it. Some young viewers may just be more confused about the otherworldly events and warped logic than scared or otherwise upset.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about growing up and acceptance. Do kids "get" those themes when they watch? How is the "anti-Helena" different from the real Helena? Parents, the film is full of literary and mythological allusions (like the Riddle of the Sphinx) -- see how many your kids can identify. Being familiar with that type of subtext may also help them appreciate the complex paradoxes and dense oddities in the somewhat similar Lewis Carroll stories Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The story is interesting, in a twisted fairytale sort of way, but the novelty of this dream world does eventually wear off, and we're left checking our watches.

- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: It's a near-flawless marriage of content and form, a movie that kids, adults and graduate students of computer imagery will all have their own reasons to love.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, October 13, 2005


- Dave Calhoun, Time Out New York, Thursday, August 16, 2007

Audience Reviews

2 stars

It is a very imaginative movie that won't make sense at first. Most of the visuals were just awesome. And I liked the song where Helena was having a makeover. But I'm not really sure about recommending since it didn't amazed me that much.

- 3niR, Sunday, May 29, 2011

3 stars

This has got to be one of the strangest lloking movies i've ever seen. The cgi and hazed lighting they used is completely fake looking, but in a way that you see it as a fantasy world rather than bad production value. I think for the style trying to be achieved, that it works extremely well. I mean you really feel like you're peeking inside someone's dream. The costume design helps out a lot with this; it's almost as outrageous as the effects. While the story is essentially a modernization of The Wizard of Oz, it still manages to hold its own. While most of the acting is pretty bad and damaging to the overall movie, Stephanie Leonidas does a great job and works well as the protagonist we can all root for. Overall, it's a very interesting movie, it just doesn't have certain things that would make it a good deal better.

- ythelastman89, Wednesday, May 18, 2011

3 stars

Mirrormask is possibly one of the forgotten animations of the past decade. It marks the directorial debut of artist Dave McKean, who once again is making collabration with fantasy-legend Neil Gaiman. Mirrormask is a film about ideas. Some of them work, some of them don't, but most of the time it is fantastic film to look at. Screenplay is the same old cliched fantasy stuff with white and black queens and a battle between good and evil, but McKean keeps his visuals flying and there is hardly a boring moment. Even if it's a bit naive and Stephanie Leonidas is not always convincing as lead actress, it takes you to a enchanting journey, and when the end credits roll it will most certainly leave a good taste afterwards. It deserves a more attention, even with all it's flaws.

- emilkakko, Friday, January 7, 2011