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The Mummy Returns


O'Connell is now married to Evelyn and living in London with their nine year-old son Alex. An unfortunate chain of events resurrects the corpse of Imhotep, this time inside the British Museum.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    47%
  • Audience Score
    63%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    47%
    reviews counted: 27
    see all The Mummy Returns reviews
  • Audience

    63%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's loud and chaotic, jammed with effects that don't wow us precisely because they are trying so hard to wow us.

- Charles Taylor, Salon.com, Friday, May 4, 2001

Rotten: ...a computer generated stinker of a dud.

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: I came to scream with pleasure, but all I could manage was a pitiful, 'Whoa!'

- David Edelstein, Slate, Friday, May 4, 2001

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The Mummy Returns is a splendid sequel to the action packed The Mummy. Years have past since the events of the first film, and theres a new threat on explorer Rick O'Connell's hands. The threat is Imhotep resurrection as he attempts to kill the legendary Scorpion King so he can command his army and be invincible. The Mummy Films are splendid action film that blend comedy, horror elements to create an effective film that is a lot of fun. Though some point out the horror elements (I just did), the Mummy and The Mummy returns are both action films. What I like about the film is that it has the Indiana Jones formula but shys away to create something fresh and interesting. Usually sequels are a bore, and we all know the story that the sequels are worst than the first. But in the case of The Mummy returns, I thought it was a finely crafted film with great special effects and decent enough acting to keep it afloat. Sure the film won't win any Oscars, but it's a fun mindless action adventure that is really lots of fun. The film is non stop thrills and will appeal to anyone looking for a mindless, entertaining action film with a fairly good story to boot. A fine sequel that shouldn't get the flack it has gotten. The film is better than you'd expect from a film that follows almost the same path as an Indiana Jones film, but it has a different take on the material presented on screen to keep it good and entertaining.. I loved the first Mummy film, and was than pleased with this film, a fun viewing experience for sure.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Friday, May 13, 2011

3 stars

Even though I enjoyed this film, I felt that it didn't meet or top the original. Mainly, I feel that the film focuses too much on the action rather than the horror that the first one created. However, the action sequences were satisfying, from the bus sequence, to the final battle between the Medjai and the armies of Anubis. Even though Arnold Vosloo still maintains his portrayal of power, he loses some of that original power as the danger and importance of his role is replaced with the race against time to stop the Scorpion King from being awaken. Overall, although I enjoyed most of the performances, like Fraser and Weisz, I feel that while it's enjoyable and is re-watchable, for me, its only the action sequences that make this worth returning to, rather than the characters, horror and the few yet strong battle scenes from the first film.

- samoriley, Tuesday, July 16, 2013

3 stars

Even though I enjoyed this film, I felt that it didn't meet or top the original. Mainly, I feel that the film focuses too much on the action rather than the horror that the first one created. However, the action sequences were satisfying, from the bus sequence, to the final battle between the Medjai and the armies of Anubis. Even though Arnold Vosloo still maintains his portrayal of power, he loses some of that original power as the danger and importance of his role is replaced with the race against time to stop the Scorpion King from being awaken. Overall, although I enjoyed most of the performances, like Fraser and Weisz, I feel that while it's enjoyable and is re-watchable, for me, its only the action sequences that make this worth returning to, rather than the characters, horror and the few yet strong battle scenes from the first film.

- samoriley, Tuesday, July 16, 2013