Rolling Stone - 08/06/1998
"...Banderas cuts a sexy romantic figure....The stunts are a kick..."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/1998
"...Delightful....THE MASK OF ZORRO boasts one of the very best incarnations of the character in Antonio Banderas..."
Entertainment Weekly -
"...A refreshing throwback that's also thoroughly modern....Rollicks with an exuberance we've rarely seen....Triumphs because it stays true to the pulp serial..." -- Rating: A-
New York Times - 07/17/1998
"...A wealth of charismatic Zorros, a smashing heroine and a dauntless love of adventure....[Hopkins acts] with unexpectedly elegant panache....Ms. Zeta-Jones makes her first major film role one to remember..."
Box Office - 08/01/1998
"...The casting is great. Hopkins, Banderas and Zeta-Jones all look the part and breathe life and passion into their roles....The whole movie is directed with style, aplomb and a good deal of tongue-in-cheek humor....Quite refreshing..."
Premiere - 07/01/1998
"...It's the campy sense of humor, reminiscent of THE PRINCESS BRIDE, that makes this film a cut above the rest..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/17/1998
"...It's the kind of pleasant entertainment that allows the paying customer to have as much fun as the people on screen..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
A swashbuckling tale set against Mexico's fight for independence from Spain, The Mask Of Zorro stars Antonio Banderas and Academy Award winners Anthony Hopkins (1991 Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Silence Of The Lambs) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (2002 Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Chicago). This Deluxe Edition DVD features a sneak peek at the exciting sequel, The Legend Of Zorro, an entire scene from the new film, plus loads of bonus content.
After 20 years, the legendary Zorro (Hopkins) escapes from prison to avenge the murder of his wife and kidnapping of his daughter Elena (Zeta Jones) at the hand of his enemy, Don Raphael Montero. But first he must transform a cocky young thief (Banderas) into the fearless hero and champion of the people he once was. With two Zorros on the scene, it's twice the adventure and twice the fun.
Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins) recruits Alejandro Murieta (Antonio Banderas) to become his replacement as Zorro, the legendary hero. Together, they infiltrate the circle of Don Raphael - the fiercest of the Spanish tyrants. Armed with his mask, sword, whip and jet-black stallion, Tornado, the new Zorro embarks on a mission to stop Don Raphael's plot to buy California, set right 20 years of wrongs, bring justice to the people ensnared by Spanish greed, and win the heart of Don Diego's daughter, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones in a star-making performance). THE MASK OF ZORRO is an old-fashioned swashbuckler with plenty of modern sizzle thanks to the casting of Banderas and then-newcomer Zeta-Jones.