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The Mask

action & adventure, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy


He's s-s-s-smokin'! Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz star in this story of a sweet, socially inept bank teller who discovers a magical mask that brings his innermost desires to screaming life, and transforms him into a superhero.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    77%
  • Audience Score
    67%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 11
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    77%
    reviews counted: 4
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  • Audience

    67%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: This special effects extravaganza is s good star vehicle for Jim Carrey, exhibiting his skills and his shticks; in a small part, the sexy Cameron Diaz is bound to become a leading lady.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: It] wouldn't have been possible without Jim Carrey, who commands the physically demanding lead role with exuberant confidence.

- Jason Zingale, Bullz-Eye.com, Sunday, June 20, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

It's been a while since I saw it...And it is still a good movie. Surprisingly good effects.

- TheGame90, Tuesday, November 2, 2010

5 stars

S-S-S-SMOKIN'! Awesome, hilariously funny and crazy action-comedy of a wise-cracking love-crazy and crime-fighting green tornado. Jim Carrey brings an awesome acting on his rubber-faced when wearing a green mask. The success of the film wholly depends on Carrey, as he has to sell his characters' frenzied insanity so that it's believable as a reflection of Stanley's inner self while at the same time likable but teetering on the edge of becoming obnoxiously overbearing. Of course, the amazing special effects and make-up help, as well as the clever script and more than competent directing and cinematography, but with the wrong actor in the part, the whole affair could have easily collapsed. And Cameron Diaz is a real knockout in her debut, even keeping pace with the rubber-legged Carrey in the dance sequence that has to be seen to be believed. I like the scene of The Mask in a hilarious part where he dances and makes the police squad dance either. It really makes one wanna dance. Based on Dark Horse comic book series created by writer John Arcudi and artist Doug Mahnke, and based on a concept by publisher Mike Richardson.

- deano, Thursday, July 7, 2011

4 stars

The sort of film you can put on a saturday afternoon and actually pay attention to, funny in a way and a fun story and all round.

- scottgreen96, Sunday, October 30, 2011