The Mummy - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Mummy Reviews

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½ May 1, 2018
More sophisticated than youŽd expect, the mummy is an engaging love tale with heavy atmosphere and amazing preformances.
April 24, 2018
one of the best movies I've ever seen. still bone-chilling every time I see it.
½ March 30, 2018
A decade after inadvertently being brought back to life by a group of careless archeologists, a cursed Egyptian priest known as Imhotep (Boris Karloff) has been living amoung humans as the aristocat, Ardath Bay. When Imhotep discovers that the love of his life, Princess Ankh-es-en-amon has been reincarnated as a young woman, Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann), only Frank Whemple (David Manners) the son of the archeologist who brought him back in the first place, can stop Imhotep from sending her to the afterlife with him....

The first film of Universal's Monsters to not be based on prexisting source material, The Mummy cleverly uses the rumors surrounding the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb at the time of it's release, in order to make a film that openly embraces Eygptian myth in it's narrative to make this film more fantasy based than the last two films.

However, although Boris Karloff once again steals the show as the wise yet cunning Imhotep, the lack of experience of creating an original horror story as opposed to adapting existing source material, really shows as a majority of the narrative lifts elements from Dracula such as him kidnapping a woman for life-force, being opposed by a doctor character played by Edward Van Sloan and clashing with a male protagonist played by David Manners, making The Mummy a bit too predictable, even by 1930's standards.

Overall The Mummy is not the strongest horror film out there, but Boris Karloff, it's unique Egyptain setting as oppsed to the mostly European set films in Universal and it's admititally interesting take on the "monster loves girl" trope with it's ideas of reincarnated lovers does make this a much more pleasing viewing experience than watching Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe fight off CGI bats.
March 26, 2018
Actually a good movie, got dry in parts but what do you expect from a 1932 movie.
March 1, 2018
Soporific and extremely tedious first chapter in the Universal's Mummy franchise. Don't expect the humour and excitement of Bride of Frankenstein or The Invisible Man. Here, everything is v-e-r-y s-l-o-w and rather poorly acted. The only curse here is narcolepsy.
February 28, 2018
Please, the ONLY reason of late regarding the overwhelmingly positive reviews of this already properly dead and buried movie is a reaction from an minority of Tom Cruise Haters.
January 26, 2018
he went for a little walk..

The Mummy

Dark Universal will have to come up with something better than this for it will do just fine for a single installment but not for a series and especially not if one of the loopholes of the movie is character's perspective and its development. The Mummy is definitely amazing and horrifying but comparing it to the other films like Dracula or Frankenstein of the same genre, it is short on content and execution. Although the details mentioned in here (the dog or how she convinces her servants to help her escape to him) are as good as Dracula or Frankenstein. Karl Freud doesn't quite get the picture, is probably the reason he couldn't execute it to that level and fails to convince the audience about writer's vision. At the end, The Mummy is of course smartly written, well performed and has the perfect environment and only if it would have been in proper hands, might have been on the major league.
December 16, 2017
The setup of this movie is fucking terrific. Already they're establishing curses for opening up ancient chests and stating that the souls of the past gods still live in the Ancient ruins of Egypt. Hearing that guy laughing was so uneasy, it was almost like he was possessed.

Crazy to see how powerful Imhotep is or maybe really was, when he was alive. That Dr. Muller was a real god send in the movie. If it wasn't for him, everyone would have been screwed. This just prove that knowledge really is power. Probably the best power one can have.

Brilliant how they did the whole transition from the indoor pond to the ancient memory of when Imhotep lost his love. And seeing the backstory of what happened to Imhotep was amazing to watch. It was like reliving an ancient memory. It was awesome to see the parallel of how Imhotep and the guy died in a straight jacket sort of way.

First, being wrapped up from head to toe so you cant move is already enough torture, but then being buried alive. That is the icing on the cake. That is the kind of stuff that is terrifying. Knowing that your never going to get out, escape, and that your going to die underground, is nightmarish.

Overall, wonderfully written piece of cinema with an atmospheric mood and a great story to tell.
½ December 16, 2017
1.5/5. All in all, a pretty boring movie.
November 12, 2017
the tom cruse version is miserably bloated and takes itself too seriously. this version builds an atmosphere (like all the universal monsters films) and while it may seem bland to audiences now, i choose to appreciate it as the great film that thrilled and terrified audiences in it's own day.
November 1, 2017
Easily the most boring of all the original universal monster movies. Only the terrifying close-ups on Boris Karloff's mummified face are worth mentioning. Otherwise, give me Brendan Fraser's goofball outing all day long.
½ October 24, 2017
I didn't think it was bad but it was boring, Karloff is only briefly in full Mummy makeup and there was no creature action like in other classic Universal Monster movies. They also copied the plot beats of Dracula, overall it just wasn't very entertaining.
October 19, 2017
It has production values and a Karloff perdormance to speak of, but its pacing and heavy attempts at melodramatic romance tend to spoil it.
October 2, 2017
I really enjoyed how this production looked on screen. Even though this is a black and white film, the use of lighting and camera angles was nice to see. Boris Karloff does alright in the role of the Mummy, but it is not as good as his work as Frankenstein's Monster. The story moves too quickly at times and is by far the weakest part of the entire film.
September 15, 2017
While The Mummy is very slow in narrative it levels up well with cinematography and a creepy performance from Boris Karloff
August 19, 2017
Though this isn't the strongest Boris Karloff led horror film from the 1930s due to slow pacing, not all that much in the way of horror and an unsatisfying ending however thanks to Karloff, solid production, an intriguing look into Ancient Egypt, an eerie mood and atmosphere along with a decent score and some solid makeup effects this is at least entertaining for the most part.
½ August 1, 2017
Can see it as a template for other movies and is watchable, but as a standalone horror film, it fails to scare or really enthrall the viewer; a classic that did not age well.
August 1, 2017
It is a classic monster movie because of its originality but it didn't age well and to a modern audience the film can seem quite dull.
June 9, 2017
Boris Karloff, one of the great horror actors of this era, is the one who truly made this a GREAT MOVIE!!!
June 5, 2017
Boris Karloff is the man. Or the Mummy, as it were.
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