Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” Video: Review Revue

Don't Cry, JT!
An elderly woman reflects on the decades-spanning relationship she had with her now-deceased husband in Justin Timberlake‘s epic, eight-minute “Mirrors” video, which the singer dedicated to his grandparents, William and Sadie Bomar. The clip was quite a treat for JT fans, as it arrived the same day his third solo LP The 20/20 Experience was released. And despite the fact that Timberlake himself doesn’t appear until nearly the six-minute point in the Floria Sigismondi-directed visual, the whole thing is inviting enough to warrant multiple viewings — if not several cries.

We also scoured the Internet to see what critics thought of the “Mirrors” video, and rounded up several of their thoughts below. (Hint: they loved it.) Check them out, then let us know if “Mirrors” was equally as bright and shiny for you.

:: The New York Daily News notes, “The 32-year-old singer hasn’t dug this deep in to his personal life through a music video since the ‘Cry Me River’ ballad, which alluded to his breakup at the time with ex Britney Spears.”

:: MTV Buzzworthy sobbed and added, “While ‘Suit & Tie’ was a Bond-smooth ode to Tom Ford and Alexander Wang, ‘Mirrors’ is far and away the most artistic video Justin’s ever done, packed with metaphor, meaning, and blink-and-you-miss-it visuals. We’ll never say no to him in a ‘Suit & Tie,’ but we’re really warming up to highbrow Justin — so long as we have a tissue box handy.”

:: The Smoking Section raises a box of cigars to JT: “Another day, another reason to give Justin Timberlake your complete and undivided attention.”

:: Yahoo also can’t help gushing: “Justin himself doesn’t even appear in the video until the 5:45 mark, when the song segues into its coda, but that’s just fine — Bill and Sadie Bomar are the real stars of ‘Mirrors.’ We have a feeling Justin will be paying tribute to his grandparents again at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, when he thanks them in his acceptance speeches — because this stunning mini-movie is sure to win a few Moonmen.”

:: Add Stereogum to the list of those on board with the video: “The clip tells the story of a couple from different points in their lives, and even if the chronological math doesn’t actually work out, I love the idea that JT’s grandparents were rockabilly kids. The best part of the video is the last few minutes, where Timberlake and some models dance in a hall of mirrors.”

:: Chart Rigger is equally moved: “Justin Timberlake’s video for ‘Mirrors,’ the year’s best pop song so far, does what few music videos do these days: it actually moves us to feel real emotions.”

:: And, we saved the always-classy Prophet Blog for last: “Those smooth moves were so sexy. They almost made ‘Mirrors’ as legendary as the ‘Suit & Tie’ video, in which Justin and Jay-Z played homosexual entertainers in the fifties who had to hide their gay interracial relationship from society so they wouldn’t be killed like Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain.”

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  • Monisa Cole

    I thought this video and song was so beautiful and classy, reminded me of myself and my husband. We are no longer together but we are still good friends. Just made me reminiscence and wondered why we ever parted ways. Still love him very much. Just a talented guy that Justin Timberlake is with such class. Love this song.