'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   36 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   169 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    20
    The third installment of the Mummy franchise, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is by far the weakest.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    25
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Jane Horwitz Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    Despite exotic locations, epic cinematography, and much spectacular crash and bang, this Mummy feels like a threadbare toss-off.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    '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 » 6 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The best news about this clangorous clunker is that it may well have vanquished the Mummy franchise.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    It's serviceable summer twaddle, but you might as well see Hellboy II: The Golden Army -- similar plot, much better film.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    The film has one objective: to smack its audience in the face with fleeting, competing wows, over and over.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Christy DeSmith Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    The film's best quality is that it continues the Mummy tradition of mocking its own big-budget gratuitousness.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    17
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Randy Cordova Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Possibly the most fun Mummy yet -- call it The Uber-Mummy.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    20
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    The story is no more than a thread stitching set pieces of increasing implausibility and ineptitude.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    50
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jennie Punter Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is more of the same -- and yet less.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago