The Curse of the Jade Scorpion


The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 123


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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.

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Woody Allen
as C.W. Briggs
Helen Hunt
as Betty Ann
Philip Levy
as Rocky's Waiter
Maurice Sonnenberg
as Office Worker
John Doumanian
as Office Worker
Kevin Cahoon
as Lunch Delivery Man
Phil Levy
as Rocky's Waiter
Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks
as Rainbow Room All Star
Howard Alden
as Rainbow Room All Star
Ted Sommer
as Rainbow Room All Star
Randy Sandke
as Rainbow Room All Star
Peter Ecklund
as Rainbow Room All Star
Joel Helleny
as Rainbow Room All Star
Chuck Wilson
as Rainbow Room All Star
Ray Beckenstein
as Rainbow Room All Star
Lawrence Feldman
as Rainbow Room All Star
Ken Peplowski
as Rainbow Room All Star
Dick Hyman
as Band Leader
Carole Bayeux
as Voltan's Assistant
Kenneth Edelson
as Voltan's Participant
Brian McConnachie
as Voltan's Participant
Judy Gold
as Voltan's Participant
Herb Lovelle
as Night Guard
as Rose Kensington
Patrick Horgan
as Kensington Guest
Howard Erskine
as Kensington Guest
Ira Wheeler
as Kensington Guest
Tina Sloan
as Kensington Guest
Ramsey Faragallah
as Fingerprint Detective
Trude Klein
as Kensington Maid
Irwin Corey
as Charlie
Michael Mulheren
as Herb Coopersmith
Ray Garvey
as Police Station Cop
Bruce Brown
as Radio Announcer
Dan Moran
as Street Contact
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Critic Reviews for The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (38)

  • So devoid of wit, vigour or interest that it's hard not to wonder if the former Allan Konigsberg has finally lost his touch.

    Nov 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce
    Top Critic
  • The movie has an odd feeling, both lush and listless. It's enough to make us believe Allen's comic batteries need recharging.

    Aug 9, 2002 | Rating: C+
  • The romance between C.W. and Betty Ann doesn't have much ardor, repressed or otherwise.

    Jan 22, 2002
  • Mid-level, pretty-but-not- hugely-funny Allen film.

    Jan 6, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • It's evidently important to Allen to work, work, work, but he's starting to make his movies by rote instead of passion.

    Aug 31, 2001

    David Edelstein

    Top Critic
  • [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.

    Aug 31, 2001 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

  • Oct 29, 2011
    This may not be the best Woody Allen, but I enjoyed this romantic comedy set in 1940. The burnished colours and the styling of the female leads are terrific. A pleasure to look at. I would have liked CW not to fall short to Betty Ann--he should be infallible, wittier than she. Falls a bit short.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2011
    The one liners are hilarious but the concept isn't on par with other Allen movies.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2010
    This movie was enjoyable and funny... but not that great .
    Mouhannad S Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2010
    A rather mediocre Woody Allen film; most of the acting seems contrived and the pace tends to drag. The one redeeming feature is the dialogue--- there are some genuine laugh out loud moments with the conversations and snappy retorts as usual. The interactions between Hunt, Theron and Allen just seem to be manufactured and are missing the chemistry Allen had with Keaton. "Manhattan Murder Mystery" is a superiior film.
    alan j Super Reviewer

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