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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
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  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
    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
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 79
  2. Negative: 40 out of 79
  1. Aug 30, 2013
    I enjoyed this movie- no matter how much hate it has gotten. It is stupid, but it is entertaining. The script is cliche, but the visuals and action dazzle and keep you on the edge of your seat. It is fantastic entertainment. Expand
  2. Feb 19, 2012
    Yes, its the worst out of all 3 though I am going to be honest: Not a great addition to the franchise, it is, but as a guilty pleasure, I have to approve of the fact that its quite the imagination of an adventure through China between dungeons and dragons with walking statues despite its flaws. Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2011
    A nice sequel for the thrilling The Mummy Series. But thats all. Thats why i watched this movie. It was all good in the first 2 movies when they were after Imhotep in Egypt. But China has nothing to do about it. I wish they were still in Egypt. -_- Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2011
    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 27, 2011
    Congrats! "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" is the razzie-winning movie of the year! It's one of the few films that can be so terrible despite the abundant development years it was given. Hurray! Expand
  6. Jul 30, 2014
    "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" lacks its predecessors' passion and freshness. Except for a fair but well-worn performance by Michelle Yeoh, the cast seems to act without confidence or enthusiasm. Fraser is too old, Maria Bello is too different from Weisz, and Luke Ford looks too inexperienced. Jet Li takes main role credit for playing an ornament. There are some very good visuals and some satisfactory fights, but cannot compensate viewers for the terrible result. On the whole, this fifth installment is nothing more than pointless and old-fashioned, no matter how hard its makers tried to modernize it. Expand
  7. Dec 23, 2012
    Although I just love the first two Mummy movies, I was leery when I heard of a third one coming out. After all, it had been a while since the second film and sequels released after that long a time (like Rush Hour 3) usually fail in capturing the magic of the predecessors. However, I was a big enough fan of the franchise to give the movie a go, and I kept my expectations low. Unfortunately, they were not low enough. This movie was so unexpectedly and abominably bad that it shames the entire franchise to brand it as a Mummy movie. All but one of the action scenes are a clumsy mess of crap, the acting is dismal, the special effects are overblown, the mummy is just stupid, and it is completely anticlimactic. Even Brendan Fraser, who I hoped would be the ONE redeeming thing in this film, completely forgets his charming portrayal of Rick O Connell from the first two and instead turns in a corny, wannabe, unbelievably painful performance. If you want a good popcorn flick, go for either of the first two movies - DO NOT waste your time with this landfill of a 3-quel. It is simply, and truly, horrid - a piece of crap to which a toilet would lend far too much dignity. Expand

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