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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Dense, dreamlike fantasy isn't for every kid.

Movie PG 2005 101 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Low budget fantasy with mature content…

For the budget and time they had to make this film, it wasn’t too bad. I loved the eerie and mystical vibe. It really set the tone for the film. This is the most unique film I’ve seen in a while. Beware, the film itself takes place in this alternate universe with grim colours and scary puppet monsters that sing this hauntingly angelic song. A few scares here and there. The film also has a mature message. The acting wasn’t bad either. Thought the film itself isn’t incredible. But definitely different.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
age 14+


This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

The film's diffuse dialogue brims with curious allusions to both classic mythology and newfangled Gaiman-esque fantasy stuff, puns and metaphors sprung to life. Every so often, the Jim Henson Company partners up with some outside talent to produce a non-traditional "Muppet" movie. These ventures are usually creature-heavy fantasies that swap Kermit and Fozzie for high imagination, cool designs, memorable visuals ... and mixed reception by the public. MIRRORMASK mixes avant-garde, computer graphic "puppets" with the writing skills of Neil Gaiman, whose works typically feature eccentric alternate worlds and mystic beings.

Viewers will be forgiven if they're a bit baffled about the whys and hows of the story -- it's easy to get a bit lost amid the dialogue. You have to be pretty quick on the uptake to figure out what the "future fruit" is, among other things. For parents and children who love fantasy and have both patience and a sense of adventure, it's fun to explore this fractured fairyland. But when the dark queen declares "Enough of this nonsense!" -- less-invested viewers might be inclined to agree.

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