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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 8, 2008
Making the farcical tenor of the recent Indiana Jones film feel like a paragon of dramatic and archaeological integrity, this phoned-in action threequel doesn't even have the good grace to deliver on its title and feature any mummies
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 4, 2008
I was never a fan of the first two, but those are masterpieces compared to this clunk 'o junk.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2008
For a movie about the undead, this lacks any supernatural chills, and by the time its obligatory final showdown arrives, it seems as hollow as the terra cotta soldiers brought to life by CGI.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 1, 2008
The best news about this clangorous clunker is that it may well have vanquished the Mummy franchise.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 1, 2008
Remarkably, the plot has much in common with Hellboy II: The Golden Army, yet that bundle of fun has enough vision to make even its Barry Manilow interlude seem appropriate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 1, 2008
The story is no more than a thread stitching set pieces of increasing implausibility and ineptitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 1, 2008
This Mummy movie is really two movies: a good adventure epic, with all the Chinese people, and a wan one, with O'Connells and the other the Westerners.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
August 1, 2008
If movies were people, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor would be a total bimbo: nice-looking and kind of fun sometimes, but so unbearably empty and dumb that it doesn't matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 1, 2008
Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is more of the same -- and yet less.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 1, 2008
The new Mummy is, how can I put it? Just freakin' awful.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 1, 2008
The action beats are the same as the earlier Mummys -- with planes, guns, digital creatures and vast armies of the risen-dead having at it. The missing ingredient here seems to be the fun.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 1, 2008
This movie wasn't so much created as calculated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 1, 2008
The third installment of the Mummy franchise, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is by far the weakest.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 1, 2008
What's with outsourcing mummies to China? Do the undead work for lower wages there? Did Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon take place on the Nile?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 1, 2008
'Here we go again,' sighs adventurer Rick O'Connell in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and he's not the only one to notice that things are starting to look awfully familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 1, 2008
As the shape-shifting baddie, Li spends most of the movie running around under extensive digital makeup, which renders his casting pointless, since it could be anybody under there. He also, at one point, turns into a giant three-headed dragon. No, really.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 1, 2008
If it weren't for all that inept banter, this might have been a different film indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 1, 2008
It's serviceable summer twaddle, but you might as well see Hellboy II: The Golden Army -- similar plot, much better film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 1, 2008
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor marks the sad end (we hope) to a franchise that delivered two solid, highly entertaining, summer popcorn-munchers, both superior to the second Indiana Jones flick.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 1, 2008
You've seen it all before. You don't want to see it again. It will hurt your head and lay waste to your soul.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 1, 2008
While plenty of arrows zing, few of the wisecracks or familial confessions in Alfred Gough's and Miles Millar's script hit their mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 1, 2008
Anyone looking for a terrific summer popcorn movie should not hop on board.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 1, 2008
Despite exotic locations, epic cinematography, and much spectacular crash and bang, this Mummy feels like a threadbare toss-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
July 31, 2008
Technically, Jet Li's Emperor Han is pottery not putrification -- he's such stuff as Pier 1's are made of -- but that doesn't stop this franchise from resurrecting a third sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 31, 2008
Dragon Emperor doesn't exactly beg for a sequel (neither did The Mummy Returns, for that matter), but it'd be fun to watch the filmmakers try to outdo this dizzy spectacle in the arena of sheer ridiculousness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy DeSmith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 31, 2008
The film's best quality is that it continues the Mummy tradition of mocking its own big-budget gratuitousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jane Horwitz
Washington Post
July 31, 2008
Tiresome and messy, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor borrows mightily from the Indiana Jones franchise and various martial-arts films, but it doesn't do what those films did nearly as well.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 31, 2008
Full of exclamatory one-liners ripped from a copy of Indiana Jones for Dummies, and with the breathless cast spewing putatively witty rejoinders that get drowned out by pows and bangs, Mummy 3 should have been kept under wraps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 31, 2008
If this sounds absurd, it is.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2008
The film has one objective: to smack its audience in the face with fleeting, competing wows, over and over.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 31, 2008
Now why did I like this movie? It was just plain dumb fun, is why. It is absurd and preposterous, and proud of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 31, 2008
Fraser, who at 39 looks perhaps five years older than this kid, needed a wholesome offspring-sidekick like a third arm. Then again, it's not clear that the world needed a third Mummy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 31, 2008
Though it tries to juice up its mojo with currently popular Asian themes and martial-arts sequences, this Mummy seems a teeny bit musty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
July 31, 2008
Possibly the most fun Mummy yet -- call it The Uber-Mummy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 31, 2008
The third entry in the series starring Brendan Fraser ups the ante in terms of special effects and action, but there's an undeniably tired air to the enterprise.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 31, 2008
Given the must, dust and rust emanating from this third installment, it's clear the time has come for this Mummy franchise to be truly mummified once and for all.
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Vadim Rizov
L.A. Weekly
July 31, 2008
Strange how dreary it all is, and how tired Fraser seems.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 30, 2008
Hollywood could learn from the Mummy series: better to leave it buried.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 30, 2008
The Mummy series has been dead for a long time, but like the mummies it depicts, it won't stay buried.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4