The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

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


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.

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
Runtime:
Dreamworks - Official Site

Cast


as C.W. Briggs

as Chris

as Betty Ann

as George

as Rocky's Waiter

as Office Worker

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as Lunch Delivery Man

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as Band Leader

as Voltan's Assistant

as Voltan's Participant

as Voltan's Participant

as Voltan's Participant

as Night Guard

as Rose Kensington

as Kensington Guest

as Kensington Guest

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as Kensington Maid

as Charlie

as Herb Coopersmith

as Police Station Cop

as Radio Announcer

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

½

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.

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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.

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Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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