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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
3 out of 5
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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

4 stars

This is a really splendid visual feast. Neil Gaiman's story, Jim Hensons Company and Davie Mckea produce a wonderful feast for the eyes with a nifty little fantasy story. Well done.

- jmanard52, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

3 stars

With her mother due to undergo surgery, a circus girl enters a dream where an evil queen and a good queen fight for control of a magical land (and for the girl's soul, obviously). It's virtues mildly outweigh its faults and its hard to dislike, but this LABYRINTH-style psychological coming-of-age fantasy is extremely uneven, right down to the extremely imaginative but often fake-looking CGI design.

- 366weirdmovies, Sunday, September 19, 2010

3 stars

Some of the visuals were kind of cool, but I really don't see much of a point in this film.

- djdemersseman, Wednesday, March 24, 2010