The Scorpion King 2002

Critics score:
41 / 100

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Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News: A fast-paced Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves adventure with enough cliffhanger escapes and peek-a-boo nudity to sate adolescent boys of all ages. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: For a movie with such a misplaced sense of history, The Scorpion King seems afraid to have more fun with its own stupidity. Read more

John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press: More entertaining than it has any right to be. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: It's a fairly pedestrian adventure. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: Wimps out by going for that PG-13 rating, so the more graphic violence is mostly off-screen and the sexuality is muted. Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: It's not hateful. It's simply stupid, irrelevant and deeply, truly, bottomlessly cynical. Read more

Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News: It's big, clever-dumb fun. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: Another grandiose, hyperactive crock, full of lame jokes and gorgeous, stupefying images. Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: The Scorpion King may look like a movie, but it feels like a food fight. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: Rock's got the kind of sly charm and non- self-conscious sincerity that could fit into any action hero archetype imaginable, even the old-school ones. Read more

Mark Rahner, Seattle Times: It's fast-paced, filled with entertaining action set pieces from start to finish, and is genuinely funny in spots. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: For all the money spent on The Scorpion King (roughly $60 million), mostly for CGI effects ... the movie lacks bite. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: A live-action cartoon, a fast-moving and cheerfully simplistic 88 minutes of exaggerated action put together with the preteen boy in mind. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: In its ragged, cheap and unassuming way, the movie works. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: As an actor, The Rock is aptly named. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: The Rock's version of Conan the Barbarian -- a clunky, primitive platform for a star who has yet to get in full touch with his inner Terminator. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Russell ... stitches together a series of stunt sequences, giving as little time as possible to dialogue and character development. Read more

Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly: Mindless yet impressively lean spinoff of last summer's bloated effects fest The Mummy Returns. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Big men with big muscles aren't what they used to be. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Tries too hard to be hyper and not hard enough to be clever. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, One of those movies that catches you up in something bigger than yourself, namely, an archetypal desire to enjoy good trash every now and then. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: 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. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Contains not a single good line or memorable action sequence. Read more

Derek Adams, Time Out: Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: It's for moviegoers who like their pizzas with extra cheese. Read more

Dennis Harvey, Variety: Read more

Ed Park, Village Voice: Russell lacks the visual panache, the comic touch, and perhaps the budget of Sommers's title-bout features. Read more