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Mixed or average reviews- based on 72 Ratings

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  • Summary: Inspired by the legendary Egyptian warrior this prequel to the opening sequence of "The Mummy Returns" is set 5,000 years ago in the notorious city of Gomorrah.
  • Director: Chuck Russell
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Thriller, Fantasy, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 92 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 30
  2. Negative: 8 out of 30
  1. Like every other action movie, it's designed for a 14-year-old boy's mentality, but it's enjoyable enough to turn most people into 14-year-old boys.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Rouses excitement mostly from stuntwork and thesp agility rather than CGI excess.
  3. Has been fine-tuned for adolescent boys, from the hectic pace right down to the way Cassandra's breasts are always barely draped.
  4. The Rock isn't always comfortable delivering dialogue. He's handsome, physically sculpted and farther along dramatically than Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Conan the Barbarian," but he's still learning the simple acting skills an action hero needs.
  5. 50
    For a movie with such a misplaced sense of history, The Scorpion King seems afraid to have more fun with its own stupidity.
  6. Predictably dumber than its predecessors, though that shouldn't get in the way of its profitability.
  7. As this chaotic barrage of muscle flexing, swordplay, fireballs, crude digital effects and comic-book quips hurls itself off the screen, it's like having several garbage cans clogged with stale pizza, lukewarm cola, soggy French fries and greasy, ketchup-stained napkins emptied over your head.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 35
  2. Negative: 11 out of 35
  1. KevinJ.
    Sep 24, 2007
    10
    I liked this movie
  2. Oct 10, 2011
    9
    Fan-freaking-tastic the kind of movie you'll remember and have in your collection for years, it's got action and humor, and it's just so enjoyable that you have to have something wrong with you not to like this movie, a must see. Expand
  3. Nov 12, 2012
    7
    It sizzles with dirty delights. Scorpion King is action packed, sexy, and even, to my surprise, decently filmed.
  4. Sam
    Apr 3, 2006
    6
    The real problem with this prequel is in the mummy returns. If it had set a far more interesting and detailed background for the Scorpion King, it would've been really good. Since it didn't you just don't care. Expand
  5. Jan 24, 2012
    6
    Just like the first Mummy film, The film has that "It" factor and it truely is an enjoyable film. A solid prequel (at least for the Mummy series) and good action through out (I would say the best in the first 3 films). It is a little corny at times though and that takes away from the film quite a bit. Overall though, It wasnt bad and its worth the watch. Expand
  6. Sep 25, 2013
    5
    Entertaining and solid action as well. Certainly worth watching if you are a fan of the Mummy films and it's a pretty solid prequel. Sure it's flawed story wise and all that jazz but it's still worth checking out. Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Aug 1, 2007
    0
    For me, this is a huge letdown. It didn't give the point nor reason why they call it The Scorpian King. It just is, because it mentions it in The Mummy movies and as a joke one time in this. But really, the writing is fine but things aren't as expected in this movie, the acting by the Rock is horrible, his acting here will give him roles in the future that are almost so bad, that its corny. But the movie is nothing more than a wrestler in a story with cheeze. Expand

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