With poor direction, middling editing, and a strong lead performance from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, The Scorpion King is a rare movie that I agree with the Rotten Tomatoes critic consensus about; action adventure doesn't get much cheesier than this. The action is fun and thrilling, but the pacing is uneven. The plot is good, and there are a few great lines, but the script is mostly tired and unoriginal. Overall, this spin-off is a fun popcorn flick that won't make you think. It may not live up to the not-so-high bar set by the first two films, but it's much better than Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and the Tom Cruise-led reboot.