The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The third installment of the Mummy franchise, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is by far the weakest.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • The Mummy franchise now really is dead, dead, dead. It is so dead, it could win gold at the Dead Olympics, establishing a new British and Commonwealth record in the 400m decomposition event.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • 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.

    Jane Horwitz — Washington Post

  • Despite exotic locations, epic cinematography, and much spectacular crash and bang, this Mummy feels like a threadbare toss-off.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • '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.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The best news about this clangorous clunker is that it may well have vanquished the Mummy franchise.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • It's serviceable summer twaddle, but you might as well see Hellboy II: The Golden Army -- similar plot, much better film.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • While plenty of arrows zing, few of the wisecracks or familial confessions in Alfred Gough's and Miles Millar's script hit their mark.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Now why did I like this movie? It was just plain dumb fun, is why. It is absurd and preposterous, and proud of it.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The film has one objective: to smack its audience in the face with fleeting, competing wows, over and over.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film's best quality is that it continues the Mummy tradition of mocking its own big-budget gratuitousness.

    Christy DeSmith — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Possibly the most fun Mummy yet -- call it The Uber-Mummy.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • 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?

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • 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.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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