75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Here is a movie that embraces its goofiness like a Get Out of Jail Free card.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Has been fine-tuned for adolescent boys, from the hectic pace right down to the way Cassandra's breasts are always barely draped.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By 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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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The good news about The Scorpion King is that The Rock turns out to be a charismatic, ingratiating screen presence.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By 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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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
For a movie with such a misplaced sense of history, The Scorpion King seems afraid to have more fun with its own stupidity.
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50

ReelViews

By 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

USA Today

By 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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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Predictably dumber than its predecessors, though that shouldn't get in the way of its profitability.
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45 out of 100
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