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The Mummy Returns Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
A piss-poor mummy movie indeed that doesn't deliver a damn thing worth preserving.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2001
A bully follow-up to the 1999 international smash
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 8, 2001
The sequel does little more than repeat the need-a-bigger-boat jokes, triple the digital effects, and forget entirely about the old Universal B-movies.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
May 7, 2001
There's more than a little unintentional humor in the picture.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 4, 2001
Fitfully entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
May 4, 2001
Yes, many of the visual effects are stunning, but others are downright cheesy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
May 4, 2001
Overcomes the curse of sequelitis while raising the bar for a marvel-jammed summer at the movies.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 4, 2001
The Mummy Returns is that rare sequel that tops its predecessor.
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May 4, 2001
I came to scream with pleasure, but all I could manage was a pitiful, 'Whoa!'
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
May 4, 2001
Big and dumb and loads of fun.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 4, 2001
This is not to say the new movie is all bad. It has many of the same elements that made the first film charming -- except charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
May 4, 2001
It's loud and chaotic, jammed with effects that don't wow us precisely because they are trying so hard to wow us.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 4, 2001
What makes this one so superior is that the strengths are much stronger this time, the weakness less obtrusive and the presiding spirit somewhat lighter.
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 4, 2001
It's da 'balm!'
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
May 4, 2001
May be the least original motion picture ever.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
May 4, 2001
Perfectly enjoyable swashbuckling, eye-catching entertainment.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 4, 2001
The Mummy Returns learns from the past to produce a film that is bigger, better and more tightly wound than the '99 original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Liz Braun
Toronto Sun
May 4, 2001
A whiplash-inducing visual assault composed of magic images and human derring-do.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 4, 2001
We suggest you forget coherence and just enjoy the ride.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 4, 2001
By the time the Mummy and the Scorpion King and countless curses and corpses and corps of dog-headed skeletons have returned and been ravaged, you might be feeling little mummified yourself.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
May 4, 2001
It's amazing that, for all the time and money that went into Mummy's computer-generated effects, the end result is kitschy, like an old Italian-import Hercules movie.
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May 4, 2001
A sequel that's better than the original.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 4, 2001
The mistake of The Mummy Returns is to abandon the characters, and to use the plot only as a clothesline for special effects and action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
May 4, 2001
If you liked the earlier Mummy, you'll probably like this one. In fact, at many points you'll probably think you are watching the earlier one.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 3, 2001
What it lacks in legitimate suspense, it tends to over-compensate for with constant motion.
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Curt Fields
Washington Post
May 3, 2001
It's like a big-screen version of the WWF's wrestling programs, only with more expensive production values, marginally better acting, more fighting and less blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 3, 2001
Although the sequel retains its predecessor's breezy (verging on airheaded) retro spirit, The Mummy Returns is a mite darker and scarier and the effects a little spiffier.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 3, 2001
Twelve-year-olds weaned on Nintendo may not mind, but anyone who remembers the tactile thrill of an alarmingly real boulder rolling down on Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark will be left cold.
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Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
May 3, 2001
The movie's a blast.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 3, 2001
As the debut entry in the 2001 summer movie derby, The Mummy Returns rocks.
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
May 3, 2001
It's like watching the movie's trailer for two hours -- an overload of adrenalin that eventually becomes annoying and wearisome.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 3, 2001
A souped up engine of action, noise, and moreness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 3, 2001
Watching The Mummy Returns is like standing behind someone playing a pretty cool video game. You may feel some vicarious excitement, but eventually you'd rather experience your own thrills.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 3, 2001
A loud, ever-rolling, simplistic wallop of a movie.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 3, 2001
Hollow, lightweight entertaininment -- not unpleasant, but far from the summer's definitive action/adventure flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4