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The Scorpion King Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Another grandiose, hyperactive crock, full of lame jokes and gorgeous, stupefying images.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2002
All the necessary exposition prevents the picture from rising above your generic sand 'n' sandal adventure.
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Ed Park
Village Voice
April 23, 2002
Russell lacks the visual panache, the comic touch, and perhaps the budget of Sommers's title-bout features.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 22, 2002
Wimps out by going for that PG-13 rating, so the more graphic violence is mostly off-screen and the sexuality is muted.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 20, 2002
The Scorpion King may look like a movie, but it feels like a food fight.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Dan Via
Washington Post
April 19, 2002
A fairly by-the-books blend of action and romance with sprinklings of intentional and unintentional comedy.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 19, 2002
It feels very much like barbarian lite, which is to say, it's nothing special at all.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 19, 2002
It's for moviegoers who like their pizzas with extra cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 19, 2002
Contains not a single good line or memorable action sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
April 19, 2002
It's fast-paced, filled with entertaining action set pieces from start to finish, and is genuinely funny in spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 19, 2002
Like every other action movie, it's designed for a 14-year-old boy's mentality, but it's enjoyable enough to turn most people into 14-year-old boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 19, 2002
One of those movies that catches you up in something bigger than yourself, namely, an archetypal desire to enjoy good trash every now and then.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 19, 2002
Rock's got the kind of sly charm and non- self-conscious sincerity that could fit into any action hero archetype imaginable, even the old-school ones.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 19, 2002
In its ragged, cheap and unassuming way, the movie works.
| Original Score: B
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 19, 2002
It's not hateful. It's simply stupid, irrelevant and deeply, truly, bottomlessly cynical.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
April 19, 2002
As an actor, The Rock is aptly named.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 19, 2002
For a movie with such a misplaced sense of history, The Scorpion King seems afraid to have more fun with its own stupidity.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
April 19, 2002
Mindless yet impressively lean spinoff of last summer's bloated effects fest The Mummy Returns.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2002
Tries too hard to be hyper and not hard enough to be clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 19, 2002
Russell ... stitches together a series of stunt sequences, giving as little time as possible to dialogue and character development.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
April 19, 2002
Feels like a joyless piece of exploitation, punctuated with embarrassing, witless dialogue.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2002
A live-action cartoon, a fast-moving and cheerfully simplistic 88 minutes of exaggerated action put together with the preteen boy in mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 18, 2002
A fast-paced Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves adventure with enough cliffhanger escapes and peek-a-boo nudity to sate adolescent boys of all ages.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 18, 2002
More entertaining than it has any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
April 18, 2002
It's big, clever-dumb fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 18, 2002
When it comes to muscle-bound action heroes, the Age of Arnie is definitely over. Give us another piece of The Rock.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 18, 2002
It's a fairly pedestrian adventure.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 18, 2002
Big men with big muscles aren't what they used to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 18, 2002
For all the money spent on The Scorpion King (roughly $60 million), mostly for CGI effects ... the movie lacks bite.
| Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 18, 2002
The Rock's version of Conan the Barbarian -- a clunky, primitive platform for a star who has yet to get in full touch with his inner Terminator.
Full Review | Original Score: C+