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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 169
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 147

With middling CG effects and a distinct lack of fun, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor finds the series past its prime.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 36

With middling CG effects and a distinct lack of fun, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor finds the series past its prime.



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The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen continues the tale set into motion by director Stephen Sommers with this globe-trotting adventure that finds explorer Rick O'Connell and son attempting to thwart a resurrected emperor's (Jet Li) plan to enslave the entire human race. It's been 2,000 years since China's merciless Emperor Han and his formidable army were entombed in terra cotta clay by a double-dealing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh), but now, after centuries in suspended animation, an ancient


Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Dec 16, 2008


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All Critics (170) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (147) | DVD (7)

Making the farcical tenor of the recent Indiana Jones film feel like a paragon of dramatic and archaeological integrity, this phoned-in action threequel doesn't even have the good grace to deliver on its title and feature any mummies

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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I was never a fan of the first two, but those are masterpieces compared to this clunk 'o junk.

August 4, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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For a movie about the undead, this lacks any supernatural chills, and by the time its obligatory final showdown arrives, it seems as hollow as the terra cotta soldiers brought to life by CGI.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The best news about this clangorous clunker is that it may well have vanquished the Mummy franchise.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (8)
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Remarkably, the plot has much in common with Hellboy II: The Golden Army, yet that bundle of fun has enough vision to make even its Barry Manilow interlude seem appropriate.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comments (2)
USA Today
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The story is no more than a thread stitching set pieces of increasing implausibility and ineptitude.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Pray that this is a franchise that's dead for good this time.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

A movie series called The Mummy is naturally going to have a limited focus. Universal might have been better off focusing on the various adventures of Rick and Evelyn to give them a wider range of material. But they haven't, so mummies it is.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source:

The makers of the wildly lucrative Mummy franchise are flogging a dead corpse ... the adventure that's been disinterred is more than a little whiffy.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

It's a deafening, blinding department store Blu-ray demo reel that's spun wildly out of control...Tomb takes the franchise to a stunning new low."

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

I too wish this Mummy stayed dead and buried.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

obviously the low-grade stuff: users will get their fix but recognize it's been cut too thin, no matter how many bells and whistles were crammed into the mainframe.

February 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
Film Freak Central

...this thing is cursed.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

How anyone ever thought there was more than one movie in the Mummy concept, I don't know.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Another enjoyable bit of high adventure and malarkey.

October 29, 2008 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Not groundbreaking, but good fun.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comments (2)
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

A capable and highly watchable action adventure flick.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The possibility of a fourth film is alluded to in the screenplay, but let's hope the filmmakers decide to leave that one where it belongs -- in the crypt.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

As we move from city to desert to mountains, the action gets more frenetic and increasingly silly, which is no bad thing in a Mummy movie.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

It's usually advisable to arrive for a film before it starts, but if you happen to be running late for this enjoyably brainless blockbuster, do not worry.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Miscast, fumbled action sequences, flat humor, and one of the most disjointed and problematic scripts of a major movie this year

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

The often silly elements of the plot dilute the majesty of the Chinese culture which it traverses, and the childish nature of the magical elements dilute the film's appeal outside a narrow target audience of undemanding kids

September 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (2)
Urban Cinefile

I've really enjoyed The Mummy Franchise. Until now. By the end, even the most amazing stunt becomes a bit of a yawn

September 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Dear fictional character Rick O'Connell, you can't roll your eyes about a magic knife being the only thing to kill a raised-from-the-dead emperor if you've already lived through two other unreal adventures.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comment (1)
The Scorecard Review

If you are looking for mixed martial arts with a little magic thrown in, then this is the film for you. Otherwise, let me say I hope this Mummy is a wrap.

August 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

I know The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is nothing more than a popcorn movie... But even silly pop movies have standards and this one falls short of those.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Ultimately the absence of Rachel Weisz and the change in location and mythology are the biggest flaws in this film. Weisz was a major part of the first two films and by having her replaced by Maria Bello, the original character is lost and replaced with one that doesn't meet Weisz's performance. The fact that the story and mythology are set in China distances this installment very far away from the first two films due to the major change. This was one reason that I felt defeated the objective of having "The Mummy" title on this film. At the same time, Arnold Vosloo's Imhotep was "The Mummy" in the first two films and this time Jet Li's Dragon Emperor takes the role of the power hungry cursed creature. Again, this also made it irrelevant of having "The Mummy" title as it the location, mythology and villain have no links to the first two films. Another flaw was the obvious CGI effects which, even from within the first 7 minutes, can be very easily be told apart from physical and computer effects. However, the fact that Brendan Fraser and John Hannah reprise their roles didn't make this film a complete failure. Even though this film features some strong action moments, this highlight of the film was in fact one of the reasons that made me struggle to enjoy "The Mummy Returns"; they both focus too much on constant action and not the horror or characters to the extent that "The Mummy" did. Finally, the comical aspect of this film went too far as it attempted to be far more humorous than the other two. Again, this was one aspect which stopped me from full enjoying the first two films, and in fact stopped me from giving the first film the best score. Overall, this is obviously the weakest out of the trilogy. My advice, maybe watch it once and maybe act that only "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns" exist.
July 16, 2013
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

The storyline is interesting as it is about an evil Chinese Emperor (Jet Li) being raised from the dead. There are great special effects in the desert and also in the snow scenes. The fighting scenes are fab between Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. The disappointing parts include Brendan Fraser's cheesy lines and the fact that he doesn't look old enough to have a grown up son!
April 28, 2013
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Not as good as the first movie but its still fun
September 12, 2012
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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    1. Jonathan Carnahan: I hate mummies! They never play fair!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (24 months ago)
    1. Maguire: I'd tell you to fasten your seatbelts, but I was too cheap to buy any! [laughs]
    2. Rick O'Connell: [laughs] Why am I laughing?
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
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