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The Mummy Returns 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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    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This frenzied sequel has all of the clank but none of the swank of the previous version.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The actors themselves are more rip roaring and full of spunk than in their first outing.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Action junkies may enjoy this non-stop barrage, which barely pauses for anything but the most rudimentary (albeit complicated) plot exposition.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    There's much mumbo-jumbo about past lives and symbolic tattoos, but who cares when you can gaze at a sight as lovely as a dirigible floating in the night sky?

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Very violent, mostly in comic-book terms.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is very violent, but mostly in comic-book terms. Most of the damage is done to mummies and other non-humans. There are some scary surprises and ghoulish images. There are also very mild sexual references and some revealing costumes.

  • Families can talk about how views on archeological digs have changed since the era in which this movie is set, and about current controversies over the ownership of antiquities. Families can also visit local museums to see some of their Egyptian treasures.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of fighting, scary surprises, some yuckiness.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some revealing costumes, mild reference to adultery.

  • language false1

    Language: Mild.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking.