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The Scorpion King Review

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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Predictably dumber than its predecessors, though that shouldn't get in the way of its profitability.

  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It is possible to make an engaging action/adventure picture of this sort, but The Scorpion King isn't it. The movie isn't godawful, but it's far from inspired, and, as I sat through its 90 minute running length, I found my mind wandering.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Of course, The Rock looks the part, though with a headband and buckskin, he'd also look like Tonto on steroids.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A dumb movie, but it's also a knowing one: a cheap castle of lewd trivia and corny excitement built on The Rock.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Isn't incompetent; it's just plodding and obvious. If anything holds it together, it's The Rock's ironic ability to tread lightly, which the movie is neither fast nor inventive enough to recognize as different from the spirit of Arnold.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here is a movie that embraces its goofiness like a Get Out of Jail Free card.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

On the silly popcorn scale, it works pretty well.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of action violence, meaning that it is not too graphic or gory. There are some vivid images, including attacking cobras, an impaled body, and a dead child. And there are very vivid sound effects making on- and off-screen violence more explicit with spurting and squishing sounds. There are sexual references and non-explicit sexual situations, including two women in a man's bed. There are no four-letter words, but there are some strong epithets.

  • Families can talk about Memnon's claim that order was better than freedom. They may also want to talk about how the sorceress protected herself from Memnon.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Action violence, impaled bodies, child in peril, snakes, fire, swords.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Non-explicit sexual situations, including two women in bed with a man.

  • language false2

    Language: No profanity but strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue