The Scorpion King
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The Rock has his first starring role in this prequel to The Mummy films, which was developed while The Mummy Returns was still in production. The film takes place in ancient times, when a mighty swordsman, Memnon (Steven Brand, making his film debut) ruled over nearly all the known world. Memnon, a brutal tyrant, defeats his enemies in battle with the help of a beautiful sorceress, Cassandra (Kelly Hu), who can predict the future. The last of the "free tribes" form a fragile alliance to fight Memnon, and hire a trio of Akkadian assassins, led by Mathayus (pro wrestler The Rock, who… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"Another grandiose, hyperactive crock, full of lame jokes and gorgeous, stupefying images."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Wimps out by going for that PG-13 rating, so the more graphic violence is mostly off-screen and the sexuality is muted."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"On the silly popcorn scale, it works pretty well."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A ridiculous though not entirely unpleasant way to while away ninety-two minutes."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"There are quite a few slow spots, never more so than when we're asked to believe in The Rock and Kelly Hu falling in love."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"All the necessary exposition prevents the picture from rising above your generic sand 'n' sandal adventure."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"The Scorpion King may look like a movie, but it feels like a food fight."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Boasting sword-and-sandal action more sluggish than a Ye Olde Renaissance Faire, The Rock putting someone through a table would be a welcome anachronism. "The Scorpion King"? More like "Moron the Barbarian.""
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Predecessors The Mummy and The Mummy Returns stand as intellectual masterpieces next to The Scorpion King."
‑ Max Messier, Filmcritic.com
"Buy some popcorn, check your brain at the door and have fun."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Russell lacks the visual panache, the comic touch, and perhaps the budget of Sommers's title-bout features."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"A fairly by-the-books blend of action and romance with sprinklings of intentional and unintentional comedy."
‑ Dan Via, Washington Post
"Come for the cheese, stay for Kelly Hu."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The Rock, making his acting debut as the titular top dog (not counting his five digitally enhanced minutes in The Mummy Returns), turns in a slight, if promising, star turn as a reluctant savior of the free world, and leads an encouragingly multi-cultural"
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"Isn't horrible because it's so obviously non-serious, but just being wink-wink silly isn't enough to breathe life into it."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
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