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The Mummy (1999)


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 45
Rotten: 37

Critics Consensus: It's difficult to make a persuasive argument for The Mummy as any kind of meaningful cinematic achievement, but it's undeniably fun to watch.

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: It's difficult to make a persuasive argument for The Mummy as any kind of meaningful cinematic achievement, but it's undeniably fun to watch.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 943,140



Movie Info

Loosely adapted from the classic 1932 horror film starring Boris Karloff, The Mummy is set in Egypt, where over 3,000 years ago the high priest Imhotep (played by Arnold Vosloo) was given the all-important assignment of preparing the recently dead for their journey into the afterlife. However, Imhotep made one terrible mistake - he became smitten with Anck-Su-Namun, the mistress of the Pharaoh himself. Driven mad by jealousy and love, Imhotep murdered the Pharaoh, and his punishment was to be … More

PG-13 (for pervasive adventure violence and some partial nudity)
Action & Adventure , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Stephen Sommers
In Theaters:
Sep 28, 1999
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Mummy

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (37) | DVD (39)

A hyperactive hodgepodge of monumental proportions!

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Tries to have it both ways, sending up the adventure genre for laughs while also going for some mild shocks, but the sand slips through its fingers on both counts.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

There is hardly a thing I can say in its favor, except that I was cheered by nearly every minute of it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It revels in its own retro-ness, and it's a hell of a lot of fun.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

An unpretentious pulp adventure...

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Groucho Reviews

Director Stephen Sommers has a kind of soulless, leaden touch, with none of the sleek, sprightly fun this kind of movie requires.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

it's easy to fall back on self-conscious humor. But if, as the author, you have to keep interrupting your story to remind the audience how dumb the material is, what's the point of telling the tale in the first place?

Full Review… | July 3, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

A great Indiana Jones movie without Indiana Jones.

Full Review… | July 9, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

O roteiro de Stephen Sommers tem o bom-senso de não se levar a sério.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Cinema em Cena

The eyes feast while the brain starves.

Full Review… | October 10, 2001 that big, dumb, lovable dog you had as a kid, you can't help liking it.

Full Review… | May 1, 2001
Movie Metropolis

The Mummy is further proof that the digital world is not yet a rich, tactile one.

Full Review… | April 25, 2001
Film Freak Central

There are a few jump-in-your-seat moments of pure fright, but this "Mummy" has more in common with Indiana Jones than Boris Karloff.

February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

One of the more confused productions in recent cinematic history!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

No one strikes the right balance of tongue-in-cheeky spoof and go-for-broke cliffhanger.

January 1, 2000

It may look like caviar, but it's still corn.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

We're left impressed by the effects and wondering why the filmmakers didn't even try to do anything else new and interesting.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

All I can say is: Mummies!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One more overblown exercise in big budget lameness!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
NUVO Newsweekly

Dering do-do.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

One would be wise to heed one of its trailer's tag words: 'Beware.'

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Trades in scares and suspense for a mainstream action-adventure, all in the name of a few extra box-office bucks.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Mummy

Adventurous, but not an automatic recommedation. Some times, it feels like a cheap rip-off of "Indiana Jones", but other times, its fairly enjoyable.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

I remember being terrified when I first watched this when I was just a kid. As I've grown up, there are still a couple of things, mainly the scarabs, that make me cringe. The use of Egypt mythology was a strong point of this film as it includes Egyptian gods, curses and even some of the 10 plagues of Egypt. I admired the performances of both Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, especially how their relationship develops over the course of the story. The supporting roles from John Hannah, Kevin J.O Connor and Oded Fehr were also highlights as their performances very easily stood out, just like the main characters. However, for me, Arnold Vosloo's role as the cursed Imhotep was the spotlight of the film as his performance alone created a strong sense of horror and power. Even though there were a couple of good laughs, I felt that this film could've been better without attempting to be funny. Overall, The Mummy is one of my personal favorite Universal films to come out within the last 14 years and I feel tops off anything that the later sequels can give to the audience.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer


It may not have enough purpose to go alone with it's silliness, and it may be a tad overlong, but "The Mummy" is a film that is easy to watch, and fun to watch these actors battle it out in Ancient Egyptian lands with mummies. This is the definition of an adventure film. It has a few genuine jolts and the plot unravels throughout, in a good way, making this a very easy watch. There is nothing complex or shocking about it, which is kind of what I was hoping for, and there are no real stakes, because when characters are about to die, they just accept it. Besides all that, the film is well written for what it is, and put together very well. For it's running time, I was hoping for a little more, but it's a very fun ride!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

one of my all time favorite action movies ever made with great effects

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

The Mummy Quotes

Rick O'Connell:
This just keeps getting better and better!
– Submitted by Matthew D (13 months ago)
What have we done?
– Submitted by Matthew D (14 months ago)
Ardeth Bay:
Told you to leave or die, you refused and now you would have killed us all. You unleashed the creature we feared from more than three thousand years.
– Submitted by Manuel S (16 months ago)
Stop! You'll kill them!
That's the idea.
– Submitted by Zach W (2 years ago)
[referring to Imhotep's bodyguards] Do something Johnathan!
You can control them!
Oh you've got to be joking!
Finish the inscription on the cover idiot then you can command them!
– Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)
Oh my God it's a... it's a sarcophagus. Buried at the base of Anubis. He must have been someone of great importance. Or he did something *very* naughty.
– Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)

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