'The Mummy Returns' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
47%
Rotten Tomatoes:   154 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    A souped up engine of action, noise, and moreness.
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  • Elvis Mitchell New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    May be the least original motion picture ever.
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  • Susan Wloszczyna USA Today (Top Critic)
    Overcomes the curse of sequelitis while raising the bar for a marvel-jammed summer at the movies.
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  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    30
    Yes, many of the visual effects are stunning, but others are downright cheesy.
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  • Curt Fields Washington Post (Top Critic)
    30
    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.
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  • Jay Carr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    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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  • Michael Atkinson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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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  • Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    We suggest you forget coherence and just enjoy the ride.
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  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    As the debut entry in the 2001 summer movie derby, The Mummy Returns rocks.
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  • Steven Rosen Denver Post (Top Critic)
    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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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
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  • Mark Caro Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    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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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    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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  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    There's more than a little unintentional humor in the picture.
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  • Jonathan Foreman New York Post (Top Critic)
    Perfectly enjoyable swashbuckling, eye-catching entertainment.
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  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    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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  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    The Mummy Returns is that rare sequel that tops its predecessor.
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  • Sean Means Film.com (Top Critic)
    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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  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Fitfully entertaining.
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  • Charles Taylor Salon.com (Top Critic)
    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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  • David Edelstein Slate (Top Critic)
    I came to scream with pleasure, but all I could manage was a pitiful, 'Whoa!'
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  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    Hollow, lightweight entertaininment -- not unpleasant, but far from the summer's definitive action/adventure flick.
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  • David Hunter Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A bully follow-up to the 1999 international smash
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  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    20
    A piss-poor mummy movie indeed that doesn't deliver a damn thing worth preserving.
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