|Universal Pictures | Release Date: May 4, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
What matters is that the movie's a blast, right up until its protracted climax.
Although the sequel retains its predecessor's breezy retro spirit, The Mummy Returns is a mite darker and scarier and the effects a little spiffier.
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.
The Mummy was certainly no "Raiders," but as far as summer movies go, it was just good enough.
So action-packed from start to finish that the final result is grating rather than thrilling.
This frenzied sequel has all of the clank but none of the swank of the previous version.
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