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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.
For a movie with such a misplaced sense of history, The Scorpion King seems afraid to have more fun with its own stupidity.
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.
It's not hateful. It's simply stupid, irrelevant and deeply, truly, bottomlessly cynical.
Another grandiose, hyperactive crock, full of lame jokes and gorgeous, stupefying images.
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.
It's fast-paced, filled with entertaining action set pieces from start to finish, and is genuinely funny in spots.
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.
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.
Globe and Mail:
Russell ... stitches together a series of stunt sequences, giving as little time as possible to dialogue and character development.
Mindless yet impressively lean spinoff of last summer's bloated effects fest The Mummy Returns.
Big men with big muscles aren't what they used to be.
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.
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.
It's for moviegoers who like their pizzas with extra cheese.
Russell lacks the visual panache, the comic touch, and perhaps the budget of Sommers's title-bout features.