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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
The movie has an odd feeling, both lush and listless. It's enough to make us believe Allen's comic batteries need recharging.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
The romance between C.W. and Betty Ann doesn't have much ardor, repressed or otherwise.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
Mid-level, pretty-but-not- hugely-funny Allen film.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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August 31, 2001
It's evidently important to Allen to work, work, work, but he's starting to make his movies by rote instead of passion.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2001
[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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 24, 2001
Despite an appealing, even ingenious premise, Scorpion is another quippy but uninspired comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 24, 2001
The director may be coasting with Jade Scorpion, but audiences will likely have too much fun to care.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 24, 2001
Many of the jokes fall flat, and the film has a musty smell about it, like an apartment someone has been living in for too long. Yet the picture plays out pleasantly, and Allen creates a world that's easy to inhabit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 24, 2001
About as insignificant as a movie can be without blowing right off the screen.
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 24, 2001
The frothiest, funniest comedy he has made since Manhattan Murder Mystery.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 24, 2001
Enormous fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 24, 2001
This new one has a clever premise, is well-acted, and has a polished, deliberately antiquated look, but it elicits more shrugs than laughs.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 24, 2001
Feels like an exercise in seasoned craft with an occasional good line, which can't help seeming hugely lacking in ambition. There's a prevailing sense that the wind has gone out of Allen's artistic sails.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
August 24, 2001
The title is, to be sure, delightful but the movie itself is, finally, a trifle.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 24, 2001
In nearly four decades of filmmaking, Woody Allen has been hilarious, brilliant, maddening, contrary and unsettling. Never, though, has he been so ordinary.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2001
The movie is a pleasure to watch, the craft is voluptuous to regard, but The Curse of the Jade Scorpion lacks the elusive zing of inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 24, 2001
There's nothing major here, certainly nothing on the order of my favorite among Allen's retro workouts of the past decade, Bullets Over Broadway. But it's entertaining all the same.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 24, 2001
It has that same kind of hit-and-miss comedy about it, and Allen is really just going through the motions at this point, just as Groucho often was.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
August 23, 2001
It ain't great Woody by a long shot, and his battling with Hunt grows tiresome. But it's better than his last outing, Small Time Crooks, and its stilted stoogery.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
August 23, 2001
A stylish and fun little bauble.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
August 23, 2001
Allen's new picture, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, is nothing but plot and production values, and there's barely a laugh in it that isn't quashed.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 23, 2001
Curse is a vignette overinflated to feature-length, threatening to burst from distension.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 23, 2001
A charming trifle that flatters the good taste of everyone involved: the cast, the audience and, not least, the writer- director.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
August 23, 2001
A marvelously witty period comedy, consisting in equal measures of lighthearted spoofery and fond homage.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 23, 2001
A pleasant, enjoyable diversion for anybody weaned on Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2001
Its plotting is too derivative of what it should be spoofing, and a plodding pace creates an energyless quality that makes it play longer than its 103 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 23, 2001
The film comes dangerously close to a vanity project and will give ammunition to the filmmaker's detractors.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
August 23, 2001
It seems that Allen now makes pictures out of habit, rather than desire or ambition, and the results often feel more like rough drafts than finished products.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2001
Seemingly a simple comedy, it actually -- like all Allen's 'simple' comedies -- has a lot to say.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 23, 2001
We still prefer his earlier, funnier movies.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
August 21, 2001
The best that can be said of The Curse of the Jade Scorpion ... is that it's not as awful as Celebrity.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 21, 2001
This movie is supposed to be a lot funnier than it actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Entertainment Weekly
August 20, 2001
The entire machinery of the movie seems to be rotating around Woody Allen's vanity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 16, 2001
This is not Woody's sharpest writing, and his direction lulls so often that I found myself nodding off. But there are enough funny bits to make you want more.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 13, 2001
Little remains after Jade Scorpion is over other than a hazy nostalgic sense for a time that most viewers never knew and that Allen himself was barely old enough to remember.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 9, 2001
For those, Woody included, who dream that a snap of the fingers and a single word can solve all relationship problems, Jade Scorpion is definitely the date movie of choice.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 6, 2001
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is, flat out, the funniest comedy Woody Allen has made in years.