The Curse of the Jade Scorpion Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Older kids may like this Woody Allen comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kit Bowen
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Woody Allen cooks up an easy-going little swindle comedy, not too far off from his last film Small Time Crooks.
Matthew Turner
December 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
This isn't vintage Woody -- we haven't seen that since, oh, Hannah and Her Sisters -- but it's good enough.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 9, 2002
While it delivers a healthy supply of humor and a few snappy performances, it's so airy it practically floats right off the screen.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
January 25, 2002
Allen keeps the film rolling by letting his character's vulnerability seep into even the most heated exchanges.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
Mid-level, pretty-but-not- hugely-funny Allen film.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
November 12, 2001
| Original Score: B
Alex Ramirez
October 11, 2001
La Maldicin del Escorpin de Jade es una delicia venenosa e hipntica!
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 23, 2001
It is so insubstantial and comically weak that it barely tickles the laugh meter. It does provide a number of smiles, however.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 20, 2001
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is everything you'd expect from Woody Allen -- funny lines, stars galore, jazzy music, and gratuitously good cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 20, 2001
A pleasant film that is not all that good as far as the crime caper story goes, but still is endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
September 17, 2001
The formula is appealingly simple, and Allen's ear for distinctive old-codger dialogue and his equally distinctive acting let him emerge from his meandering scripts unharmed.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
J. Robert Parks
Phantom Tollbooth
September 4, 2001
An enjoyable diversion with enough good laughs and acting to keep a sophisticated audience entertained.

Boxoffice Magazine
September 4, 2001
Jade Scorpion is no Annie Hall (or even a Bullets Over Broadway) but there's enough good fun in its zinger lines and clever plot twists to recommend it.
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
August 31, 2001
This is not one of Allen's finest directing or acting efforts, but overall I enjoyed watching.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2001
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 27, 2001
If you can overlook the vanity of it, the film has its quaint charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic

Time Out
February 9, 2006
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 20, 2003
A cierta altura es imposible no sentir que la broma se alarga, aśn a pesar de las palabras, los personajes o el elenco.
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
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December 10, 2002
November 14, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 7, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
August 12, 2002
D.K. Holm
February 14, 2002
Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001
an engaging throwback to the kind of films that no one - except Woody Allen - makes any more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 8, 2001
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
August 24, 2001
Top Critic

Ebert & Roeper
August 23, 2001
Susan Granger
August 20, 2001
Using formulaic devices, Allen mixes screwball farce with muddled melodrama in this nostalgic, if predictable, comedy.
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