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The Mummy Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    A soulless spectacle.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    In the end, it's the self-mocking aura that save this film from being a waste of two hours.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Packs so much hell-for-leather action, gorgeous Moroccan scenery and eye-popping Industrial Light and Magic visual effects into its two hours that, after a while, I began to get tired of it.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    There is much to look at--it's like spending two hours in Michael Jackson's Undead Neverland--but not a lot at stake.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There is hardly a thing I can say in its favor, except that I was cheered by nearly every minute of it. I cannot argue for the script, the direction, the acting or even the mummy, but I can say that I was not bored and sometimes I was unreasonably pleased.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

A cut above most action films. Not for children.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is extremely violent. Men are killed by gunfire, sword wounds, fatal acid, insect bites, and numerous magical plagues. There is virtually no blood or gore and much of the violence is directed toward the "undead," whose bones shatter when struck with swords or fists. In a series of scenes, many characters (including the lead) drink shots of bourbon whiskey. A man stumbles drunk throughout the film and another vocally lusts after the whiskey. Parents should know this film fully deserves a PG-13 rating. It's inappropriate for young children.

  • Families can talk about the way women and indigenous people are portrayed in this film. How does Evie's strength as a scholarly, cultured, bi-racial librarian compare to other lead female roles in cinema today? How are people of different races depicted? Are they respectful of their cultures?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Beyond the drinking, there is not much offensive behavior. Some of the main characters betray others or leave each other behind. Americans (shown mostly as cowboys) were portrayed as less clever, noble, or powerful than the rest. People of color are treated with respect.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The Mummy is a violent film. Beyond the intense gunfire, swordplay and fist-fighting, there are scenes, such as a man's insides being eaten alive by a killer beetle, that can be startling to both children and adults.

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    Sex: None, save for very mild kissing and slightly revealing outfits.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue