Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 33
  2. Negative: 19 out of 33
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  1. The film has one objective: to smack its audience in the face with fleeting, competing wows, over and over.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Despite exotic locations, epic cinematography, and much spectacular crash and bang, this "Mummy" feels like a threadbare toss-off.
  3. 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.
  4. Shrill, unfunny third installment.
  5. Too much of the proceedings are silly rather than horrifying, with the nadir being the appearance of some particularly athletic Yetis who briefly pitch in to lend a hand.
  6. Reviewed by: Jane Horwitz
    30
    Tiresome and messy.
  7. 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.
  8. The kindest thing to be said for this frantic, cluttered mess of cheesy computer-generated action-adventure clich├ęs is that at least you can see how the estimated $175 million budget was spent.
  9. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    30
    Strange how dreary it all is, and how tired Fraser seems.
  10. Reviewed by: Felix Vasques Jr.
    30
    It's a damn shame when the dreaded third leg in the franchise feels like a pale imitation of an already pale imitator.
  11. As for Fraser, his clumsy humanity is endearing, but by now, assuming he has invested wisely, he should have enough money saved so as to not have to waste his talent anymore.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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.
  13. 25
    The new Mummy is, how can I put it? Just freakin' awful.
  14. 25
    Tomb is the kind of movie you sit through dreading the expository scenes, because the acting is so bad and the dialogue so pointedly written to make sure the little ones in the audience can keep up with the plot.
  15. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    20
    Reheating the ingredients can't disguise how stale they are, as setpiece after setpiece strains to whip up excitement, only to fall flat while reminding of previous sequences that did such things ever so much better.
  16. The best news about this clangorous clunker is that it may well have vanquished the Mummy franchise.
  17. 20
    It's impossible to tell what's going on at any given moment in Tomb of the Dragon Emperor; it's even harder to care about being able to tell.
  18. 11
    Little more than a cluttered, noisy, and unsatisfying thrill ride to nowhere.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 179 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 79
  2. Negative: 40 out of 79
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    2
    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 terribleCongrats! "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! Full Review »
  2. ColinC
    Jan 19, 2009
    5
    My least favorite of the three. A lot of spectacle, but the story and characters fall flat. It's the kind of movie that reminds you that My least favorite of the three. A lot of spectacle, but the story and characters fall flat. It's the kind of movie that reminds you that no amount of spectacle can replace having a solid story with characters you actually care about. Is it too much to ask for both, Hollywood? Full Review »
  3. MikeC.
    Aug 27, 2008
    2
    It had some redeeming qualities...but the ending was terrible. "soon after, mummies were found in Peru." if you saw the movie you know what It had some redeeming qualities...but the ending was terrible. "soon after, mummies were found in Peru." if you saw the movie you know what I'm talking about. IMO this ruined the franchise. Full Review »