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The Mummy Reviews

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
October 24, 2014
Basically the Dracula story set in Egypt. Karloff plays a very wrinkly mummy-come-to-life who like Dracula casts his spell on a beautiful woman, who may be the reincarnation of a long-dead Egyptian princess. Classic horror.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 14, 2013
A Dracula rip-off that is, in fact, considerably better than Dracula in almost every regard.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
Master photographer Karl Freund directs without shock tactics -- apart from the burying alive scene -- but with images of death and decay worthy of Edgar Allan Poe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
This vintage classic is more funny than scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
October 21, 2010
Thoroughly unreasonable hocus-pocus.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
August 16, 2010
Dated, but interesting if only to see the origin of the many Egyptian films that were to follow it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 6, 2010
The transformation of Karloff's Im-Ho-Tep from a clay-like figure in a coffin to a living thing is the highlight.

Film4
September 19, 2007
This spine-chilling movie, shot in the German expressionistic manner, was the first of eight directed by one of the great cinematographers of cinema history.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 19, 2007
The drama may be clumsy, but Freund's lighting is a wonder.
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Andre Sennwald
New York Times
August 8, 2006
The photography is superior to the dialogue.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A sombre and atmospheric depiction of eternal passion and occult reincarnation.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 5, 2005
"It's alive! It's alive!"
| Original Score: 5/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 16, 2005
More atmospheric than terrifying
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 3, 2005
The flashbacks are particularly terrifying.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 1, 2004
The film lacks the usual number of chills and thrills that one would expect from a 'horror' film, but this one draws you in with its mood instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
November 13, 2003
Universal pulls another moody horror classic out of its hat.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 25, 2002
A bit slow, but Karloff at his peak. A true horror masterpiece.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 22, 2002
Poetic, brilliant, creepy horror classic with a great Karloff performance
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
The first and (arguably) the best of the Mummy's stalk-a-thons.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 23, 2002
The story was fascinating hokum and its originality spawned a flood of such horror genre films.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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