Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. Seemingly a simple comedy, it actually -- like all Allen's "simple" comedies -- has a lot to say. Will the audience listen or just dismiss it as minor, out-of-date Woody? If they do, it's their loss.
  2. 88
    Woody Allen's most purely entertaining film in years.
  3. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    Allen's good with the material, but Hunt sparkles, repeatedly razoring her diminutive antagonist to shreds.
  4. 80
    It's a real charmer from a director who feels that a knockabout romantic farce doesn't have to be mindless -- take that, "America's Sweethearts."
  5. 80
    A thoroughly likable, if familiar, Woody Allen comedy -- not the most original or revealing tintype in the director's gallery, perhaps, but blessedly free of the self-conscious hand-wringing and tortured navel-gazing that impede the former Mr. Konigsberg's more sluggish efforts.
  6. One thing I especially like about it, apart from the flavorsome 40s decor in color, is that it's silly in much the same way that many small 40s comedies were.
  7. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Hardly the first of Woody Allen's love letters to the good old days, but it's a high-spirited, entertaining one, falling along the same lines as "Radio Days."
  8. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    There's nothing major here, certainly nothing on the order of my favorite among Allen's retro workouts of the past decade, ''Bullets Over Broadway.'' But it's entertaining all the same.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Certainly not a piffle, nor an impressive departure into a new filmmaking realm, Allen's second film in a row about crooks ranks in the middle range of his work.
  10. 63
    Never quite lifts off. The elements are here, but not the magic.
  11. 63
    Since a goodly portion of Jade is given over to the barbed banter lobbed by Allen and a solid Helen Hunt (in Stanwyck mode as a peevish efficiency expert who challenges his façade of male superiority), Woody the wordsmith is in full evidence, too.
  12. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    This charming and funny film may be one of the last of a rare genre deservedly named after a person -- the Woody Allen movie.
  13. The problem is that Allen is getting a bit long in the tooth to be playing a romancer-rescuer, and since he and Helen Hunt have a rather frigid actorly rapport, we have plenty of time to notice the awkward, and barely acknowledged, disparity in their ages.
  14. It would be dishonest to deny that Jade Scorpion has amusing moments, but it never gets better than that and often settles for less.
  15. A loose- jointed, not especially memorable comic caper with some lovely moments of humorous invention, many patches of clumsy writing and a few game performances.
  16. This one is for Woody fans, and maybe Woody fans only.
  17. So lame and Woody himself seems so worn down and the humor is such a pale shadow of the former Allen brilliance that -- despite a few chuckles here and there -- it's a considerable disappointment.
  18. There are lots of plot twists and romantic angles. What's lacking is laughs.
  19. Lightweight, inoffensive fare, as bland as a sleepwalker under a hypnotist's spell.
  20. It's not fresh and irreverent, qualities we admire in Allen. It is recycled and irrelevant.
  21. It's middling Allen, which means that fans won't be sorry to see it, while everyone else can wait until the next "Bullets Over Broadway."
  22. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    It feels wrong; the entire machinery of the movie seems to be rotating around Woody Allen's vanity. He remains a canny (if, in this case, hollow) film craftsman, but by now we know him far too well to be asked to find him adorable.
  23. 50
    Nothing but plot and production values, and there's barely a laugh in it that isn't quashed.
  24. This mid-level, pretty-but-not-hugely-funny Allen film slips into the top spot by regretful default. I enjoyed every single second of it, a little bit.
  25. 40
    Scorpion fails to connect on anything but the most basic comic level. Despite Allen's usual excellent direction, it all plays like a TV-movie version of something else, Allen-lite.
  26. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It's evidently important to Allen to work, work, work, but he's starting to make his movies by rote instead of passion. Could he handle -- psychologically -- a year or two off? Could he afford -- creatively -- to keep grinding them out?
  27. The movie isn't terrible -- a few clever notions snap to life and pay off, at least modestly -- but it's dispirited and eventually dispiriting, a force-fed farce that falls far short of fascination.
  28. Despite an appealing, even ingenious premise, "Scorpion" is another quippy but uninspired comedy.
  29. 30
    Although there's no evidence of sexual chemistry on the screen, the stars share a certain physical defensiveness that occasionally makes them seem simpatico; most of the time, however, they just look bored to death.
  30. 25
    The problem with Allen's latest, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, is "Not enough Double Indemnity."
  31. 20
    Achieves a generic period look, but there's nothing lived-in about its rooms, nothing persuasive or necessary about its time and place -- there's no longer even a movie fan's nostalgia to give it some spark, or a reason for being.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Sep 1, 2011
    It looks nice, and that's about it. The dialogue and one-liners are rather dry and limp compared to Allen's previous films, and whateverIt looks nice, and that's about it. The dialogue and one-liners are rather dry and limp compared to Allen's previous films, and whatever potential it has is wasted due to Allen ironically being miscast in his own film. This would have benefited from a younger, or at least different actor in Allen's role (perhaps Tom Hanks). Above all, Jade Scorpion is a rather insincere and ill-conceived homage. Full Review »