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  • Summary: Explorer Rick O'Connell is back to combat the resurrected Han Emperor in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex, wife Evelyn and her brother, Jonathan. And this time, the O'Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service. (Universal Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 33
  2. Negative: 19 out of 33
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    This Mummy movie is really two movies: a good adventure epic, with all the Chinese people, and a wan one, with O'Connells and the other the Westerners.
  3. The movie bogs down in tiresome good guys vs. bad guys action cliches.
  4. 38
    Feels perfunctory and obligatory and, despite the return of several familiar characters, is more like an afterthought than an organic third piece of a trilogy puzzle.
  5. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    30
    Strange how dreary it all is, and how tired Fraser seems.
  6. 25
    The new Mummy is, how can I put it? Just freakin' awful.
  7. 11
    Little more than a cluttered, noisy, and unsatisfying thrill ride to nowhere.

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  1. Positive: 25 out of 79
  2. Negative: 40 out of 79
  1. DannyC.
    Aug 2, 2008
    10
    It may not be scary, it may have to many effects, it may not make any sense why their calling this chinese emperor a mummy. All there is to say is that this movie is repetitive but sooooo entertaining. It's the most satisfying Mummy movie yet. It looks much cooler, its big, exciting, and full of great action. It's not clunky, it's excellent. Expand
  2. KyleC.
    Jul 29, 2008
    10
    Exactly what this franchise needed. It's the sequel that should have happened the last time around 7 years ago. It's fresh, it's fun, a tad darker than the others, and brings a LOT of new material to the trailer. This is NOT a movie made for a quick buck. I was very impressed after the sneak preview. Rob Cohen has succeeded with TOTDR where Spielberg failed with Indiana Jones. Expand
  3. AndrewB
    Jan 12, 2009
    7
    Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is definitely my least favorite of the series because it seems pointless as the first two said pretty much all that needed to be said. There's also the issue with Alex aging at an exponential rate. But, when you stop thinking about what's wrong with the film and just enjoy it for what it is, The Mummy 3 is still an enjoyable ride. Filled with plenty special effects, wit, and absurdities to keep you entertained the whole time. Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2011
    3
    This movie would be great, it would be an awesome continuation of the Mummy series, except that it is in no way related to the previous two Mummies. It moves the setting to China, that's a little disappointing but not unforgivable; it ages one character almost a decade while leaving the others unchanged, but with all the ancient mysticism that they have been involved in maybe they don't age anymore; it changed one of the main characters, now what the h***! No back story, no notice, no dramatic character death, no attempt to patch the story at all, it's like the filmmakers just gave up on the story and characters. I mean, this wasn't some secondary character, this wasn't the first sequel, it was the third movie in the series and they swapped a main character, talk about breaking the third wall, they might as well have the characters smile and wave at the camera. This movie could have been great, it could have been fun, but it could never be the "The Mummy". Expand
  5. Sep 1, 2011
    2
    The third Mummy movie is easily the worst in a franchise, turning bad a series that was just average so far. Special effects and large action set pieces take precedence over character development and plot. This may seem standard of any blockbuster but it is particularly glaring here. The characters are hastily drawn sketches, the romance feels forced and the drama is dead from the outset. The action that is supposed to thrill instead feel hollow and lifeless as we don't care what happens to anybody and we don't feel the significance of what is taking place. The plot is flimsy, made worse by ridiculous twists and coincidences where belief isn't so much suspended as it is thrown off a bridge. If visual effects are all that you want, you may get brief enjoyment out of it. If you want something of substance, something with heart, then you should look elsewhere. Expand
  6. GeoffM.
    Aug 6, 2008
    1
    The editing is horrible, screen writer was definitely tunned the whole time ( not in the good way) , and the soundtrack was a complete miss. I wasted my money so you don't have to, seriously don't even rent this rubish when it comes out! Expand
  7. JamesCool
    Jul 30, 2008
    0
    Bad directing, bad dialouge, and hammy acting make this movie's predecessors look like The Godfather Part 1 and 2.

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