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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)



Critic Consensus: The writing for Scorpion is not as sharp as Woody Allen's previous movies as most of the jokes fall flat.

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Movie Info

In 1940, CW Briggs is the top insurance investigator in New York--or so he keeps telling the firm's new efficiency expert, Betty Ann Fitzgerald. Briggs prides himself on being able to crack any insurance caper by getting into the mind of the thief, but now, thanks to the hypnotic powers of the Jade Scorpion, the mind of a thief is getting into Briggs.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2002
Box Office: $6.8M
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Woody Allen
as C.W. Briggs
Helen Hunt
as Betty Ann
Philip Levy
as Rocky's Waiter
Maurice Sonnenberg
as Office Worker
John Doumanian
as Office Worker
Kevin Cahoon
as Lunch Delivery Man
Phil Levy
as Rocky's Waiter
Vince Giordano & the...
as Rainbow Room All Sta...
Howard Alden
as Rainbow Room All Sta...
Ted Sommer
as Rainbow Room All Sta...
Randy Sandke
as Rainbow Room All Sta...
Peter Ecklund
as Rainbow Room All Sta...
Joel Helleny
as Rainbow Room All Sta...
Chuck Wilson
as Rainbow Room All Sta...
Ray Beckenstein
as Rainbow Room All Sta...
Lawrence Feldman
as Rainbow Room All Sta...
Ken Peplowski
as Rainbow Room All Sta...
Dick Hyman
as Band Leader
Carole Bayeux
as Voltan's Assistant
Kenneth Edelson
as Voltan's Participant
Brian McConnachie
as Voltan's Participant
Judy Gold
as Voltan's Participant
Herb Lovelle
as Night Guard
as Rose Kensington
Patrick Horgan
as Kensington Guest
Howard Erskine
as Kensington Guest
Ira Wheeler
as Kensington Guest
Tina Sloan
as Kensington Guest
Ramsey Faragallah
as Fingerprint Detectiv...
Trude Klein
as Kensington Maid
Irwin Corey
as Charlie
Michael Mulheren
as Herb Coopersmith
Ray Garvey
as Police Station Cop
Bruce Brown
as Radio Announcer
Dan Moran
as Street Contact
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Critic Reviews for The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (40)

The movie has an odd feeling, both lush and listless. It's enough to make us believe Allen's comic batteries need recharging.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

The romance between C.W. and Betty Ann doesn't have much ardor, repressed or otherwise.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Mid-level, pretty-but-not- hugely-funny Allen film.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Older kids may like this Woody Allen comedy.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Like a Swiss clock, Allen is the only American director who makes a film every year, but chronic fatigue and lack of inspiration seem to have taken over his work, as this retro comedy, using the old conceit of hypnosis, shows.

Full Review… | June 6, 2006

Woody Allen cooks up an easy-going little swindle comedy, not too far off from his last film Small Time Crooks.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Bad story and abysmal chemistry curse this luster-less dog.

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer


Despite Woody reportedly having hated this film, I actually kinda liked it. It's entertaining enough, witty enough, jazzy enough, and fun enough to merit a second watch. Even though Woody and Helen Hunt have absolutely zero chemistry together. The ending was quite fun.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Woody Allen's visit to the detective movies of the 30s is full of hilarious and witty dialoges. Especially how his own insurance investigator character battles Helen Hunt's with words and her responses alone are pleasure to watch. The main idea of people committing robberies under hypnosis is really fun and Allen manages to entertain in every minute, also thanks to a cast of really good names. The movie is breathing nostalgia for those old days in every minute, it doesn't even try to be more than that. Some might find that unexciting and the lack of a showdown actually is. The humor more than makes up for it. Still fun for as long as it lasts.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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