The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

In 1940, CW Briggs is the top insurance investigator in New York--or so he keeps telling the firm's new efficiency expert, Betty Ann Fitzgerald. Briggs prides himself on being able to crack any insurance caper by getting into the mind… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 24, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The writing for Scorpion is not as sharp as Woody Allen's previous movies as most of the jokes fall flat.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

The movie has an odd feeling, both lush and listless. It's enough to make us believe Allen's comic batteries need recharging.

David Edelstein

It's evidently important to Allen to work, work, work, but he's starting to make his movies by rote instead of passion.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Older kids may like this Woody Allen comedy.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The romance between C.W. and Betty Ann doesn't have much ardor, repressed or otherwise.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[Allen's] let his guard down and has allowed himself and his audience to relax -- something that doesn't often happen when the specters of class and European art hover over his pictures.

Emanuel Levy

Like a Swiss clock, Allen is the only American director who makes a film every year, but chronic fatigue and lack of inspiration seem to have taken over his work, as this retro comedy, using the old conceit of hypnosis, shows.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Mid-level, pretty-but-not- hugely-funny Allen film.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Despite an appealing, even ingenious premise, Scorpion is another quippy but uninspired comedy.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Woody Allen cooks up an easy-going little swindle comedy, not too far off from his last film Small Time Crooks.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Tony Gandía
Bad story and abysmal chemistry curse this luster-less dog.
Arash Xak
Fun and refreshing with so many cute & smart lines, The ending is terrible though
Jennifer Xu
Despite Woody reportedly having hated this film, I actually kinda liked it. It's entertaining enough, witty enough, jazzy enough, and fun enough to merit a… More
Alice Shen
Not the best Woody Allen. Loved Helen Hunt but her delivery of the long, bitter diatribes got slightly stale. Charlize Theron was surprisingly, devoid of… More
Jens S.
Woody Allen's visit to the detective movies of the 30s is full of hilarious and witty dialoges. Especially how his own insurance investigator character… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Woody is rusted already, he should seriously consider retirement.