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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 68

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


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 23

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.


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Woody Allen

Jan 29, 2002


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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (68) | DVD (19)

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

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Mid-level, pretty-but-not- hugely-funny Allen film.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
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It's evidently important to Allen to work, work, work, but he's starting to make his movies by rote instead of passion.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Slate
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[Allen's] let his guard down and has allowed himself and his audience to relax -- something that doesn't often happen when the specters of class and European art hover over his pictures.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Despite an appealing, even ingenious premise, Scorpion is another quippy but uninspired comedy.

August 24, 2001
Washington Post
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Older kids may like this Woody Allen comedy.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

June 6, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

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

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Diálogos sem graça em um filme sem ritmo. Um dos mais fracos do diretor.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

A little Woody goes a long way. His cloying nebbishness gets old quickly, though he does have a singular wit and some kind of indefinable charm.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

'The old joke of Woody as irresistible romantic lead has gone from funny, to discomforting, to pitiable.'

January 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Teletext

Is it funny? Yeah, kinda. But somehow it doesn't all come together. It's not that the material is lacking, but, incredibly for an Allen picture, that the delivery is off-kilter.

December 23, 2002

So devoid of wit, vigour or interest that it's hard not to wonder if the former Allan Konigsberg has finally lost his touch.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source:

This isn't vintage Woody -- we haven't seen that since, oh, Hannah and Her Sisters -- but it's good enough.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Mr. Allen asks the audience to believe that an irresistible sexual tension arises out of the oil-and-vinegar combination of Betty Ann and C.W.; instead, they look and sound utterly uncomfortable together.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Allen made funnier films when he thought he was Ingmar Bergman.

August 16, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

...plods along with all the verve and inspiration of a contractual obligation.

June 21, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

While it delivers a healthy supply of humor and a few snappy performances, it's so airy it practically floats right off the screen.

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Allen keeps the film rolling by letting his character's vulnerability seep into even the most heated exchanges.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Here's a film that simply reeks of contractual obligations and a screenplay yanked out of someone's attic.

January 1, 2002 Full Review Source:

La Maldicin del Escorpin de Jade es una delicia venenosa e hipntica!

October 11, 2001

It is so insubstantial and comically weak that it barely tickles the laugh meter. It does provide a number of smiles, however.

September 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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Audience Reviews for The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Bad story and abysmal chemistry curse this luster-less dog.
January 22, 2010
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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.
July 9, 2009

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.
August 5, 2008

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