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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The best news about this clangorous clunker is that it may well have vanquished the Mummy franchise.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    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.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    After an hour of inert exposition, a race through Shanghai gooses the movie alive. Then it plunges back into torpor.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Now why did I like this movie? It was just plain dumb fun, is why. It is absurd and preposterous, and proud of it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Violent action sequel should've stayed buried.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this third installment in The Mummy series has plenty of action violence, which may be a big draw for kids. Only a few of scenes are actually gory -- faces melting off, men about to be decapitated or dismembered -- but most of the battle scenes involve explosions, sword fights, guns, and hand-to-hand combat. Be prepared for the vast hordes of skeleton warriors; they could be quite scary for younger viewers. There's relatively little swearing, although hero Rick does refer to two Chinese soldiers as "Ying" and "Yang." In addition to a few kisses, a woman appears in a long negligee, and two characters appear about to make love (passionate kissing lying down).

  • Families can talk about whether sequels are generally as good as the originals. Can you think of any that are? Does it matter when, as in this case, one of the main actors doesn't come back? Also, the bulk of the film is set in China: How is Chinese culture represented? How does that depiction relate to the time period in which the movie takes place? Did you learn anything about Chinese culture?

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    Messages: The emperor is obsessed with world domination. Alex lies to his parents about attending college. Characters betray each other. Rick jokingly calls two Chinese people "Ying" and "Yang." The O'Connells act like their lives are only bearable when they're involved in some dangerous adventure.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of action violence and implied gore: faces melt, a man is about to be quartered, several shots of near decapitations, limbs are dismembered, bodies are stabbed and shot. Huge Yetis appear as scary CGI panther-like creatures. There are hordes of skeletal warriors (a la Pirates of the Caribbean).

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    Sex: Evie appears in a nightgown to seduce her husband. Rick makes a joke about "inspiring" his wife in the bedroom. Two or three passionate kisses. A couple seems about to make love, but they're clothed.

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    Language: Words include "bastard," "ass," and "rot in hell."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Clubgoers drink champagne and cocktails; a character swigs straight from a liquor bottle; a couple has wine for dinner.