The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

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

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Movie Info

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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Woody Allen
as C.W. Briggs
Dan Aykroyd
as Chris
Helen Hunt
as Betty Ann
Wallace Shawn
as George
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
Carmen
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
Bob Dorian
as Mike
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 (124) | Top Critics (38)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

The romance between C.W. and Betty Ann doesn't have much ardor, repressed or otherwise.

January 22, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Mid-level, pretty-but-not- hugely-funny Allen film.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's evidently important to Allen to work, work, work, but he's starting to make his movies by rote instead of passion.

August 31, 2001
Slate
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Bad story and abysmal chemistry curse this luster-less dog.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

½

Despite Woody reportedly having hated this film, I actually kinda liked it. It's entertaining enough, witty enough, jazzy enough, and fun enough to merit a second watch. Even though Woody and Helen Hunt have absolutely zero chemistry together. The ending was quite fun.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Woody Allen's visit to the detective movies of the 30s is full of hilarious and witty dialoges. Especially how his own insurance investigator character battles Helen Hunt's with words and her responses alone are pleasure to watch. The main idea of people committing robberies under hypnosis is really fun and Allen manages to entertain in every minute, also thanks to a cast of really good names. The movie is breathing nostalgia for those old days in every minute, it doesn't even try to be more than that. Some might find that unexciting and the lack of a showdown actually is. The humor more than makes up for it. Still fun for as long as it lasts.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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