The Mummy is released but this one would have been better off left buried, according to critics.
Universal’s The Mummy is released, early reviews are looking scary indeed for the Tom Cruise led horror/action title. Despite Tom Cruise’s commercial appeal and some tremendous stunts, critics do not appear to be feeling the intended summer blockbuster. according to critics, this movie would have been better off left buried.
Starring Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella, the movie has been panned by film reviewers who have described it as a “monster fail” and “an unholy mess”.
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The bad reviews will be especially alarming for Universal because The Mummy is the first film in their Dark Universe franchise. Entertainment Weekly – Christ Nashawaty
Cruise turns out to be the film’s secret weapon. He may not be totally comfortable selling some of the film’s jokier moments, but at 54, he’s a seasoned pro at selling narrative silliness with a straight face, a clenched jaw, and a superhuman sense of commitment. I’m not sure that this aimless, lukewarm, but occasionally rollicking take on The Mummy is how the studio dreamed that its Dark Universe would kick off. But it’s just good enough to keep you curious about what comes next. THR – John DeFore
So much of the action takes place in monotonous half-light; so little of it displays even the ambition to show audiences something new — unless we count the Mummy’s eyes, which have two irises each, for no apparent reason other than somebody thought that would look cool on a movie poster. Variety – Owen Gleiberman
As Universal’s new “Dark Universe” (of which “The Mummy” is the first installment) unfolds, I wouldn’t hold my breath over which side is going to win, or how many more films it will take to play that out. It’s not just that there isn’t enough at stake (though there isn’t). It’s that the movie doesn’t seem to know how little at stake there is. ScreenCrush – Matt Singer
At least The Mummy gave us the great scene with the plane, where the characters bang around in zero gravity in a long take captured in real-time on a real diving plane. As Cruise flopped in circles around the cargo hold, it occurred to me that this is his version of Fred Astaire dancing around the room in Royal Wedding, defying gravity in this ecstatic, magical moment of pure cinema. But even Tom Cruise cannot outrun this movie’s problems. The Wrap – Robert Abele
If Dark Universe is going to conjure a new, interconnected world of evil, it’s going to have to lose the feeling that we’re being sold something, and invent new forms of weird and woolly. In the meantime, this “Mummy” is rags that produce no riches. Empire – Dan Jolin
The biggest tragedy is that The Mummy isn’t telling a story because that story needs to be told. The protagonist’s journey is completely undermined by Tom Cruise’s stalwart affability, and the villain’s formulaic plot has no subtext to speak of. The Mummy is defiantly not ‘about’ anything other than promoting its own franchise, and if that’s all this series has to offer, why would we want to see any more of it? — Crave
The Mummy is the sort of film that feels like four different stories written by ten different people (and, sure enough, the script and story are credited to six different writers, including Kurtzman, David Koepp, and Christopher McQuarrie).
The Cruisemeister himself is left high and dry by plot lurches which leave him doing his boggle-eyed WTF expression. In one scene he is nude so we can see what undeniably great shape he’s in. The flabby, shapeless film itself doesn’t have his muscle-tone. — The Guardian
It will be argued that this one was made not for the critics but for the fans. Which is no doubt true. Every con game is played with suckers in mind. — New York Times
Tom Cruise should have played the Mummy — that way his face would be swathed in bandages and his fans wouldn’t have to see him sweat so hard to get this lumbering loser off the ground. — Rolling Stone
Though occasionally enlivened by Cruise’s willingness to endure a non-stop gauntlet of humiliation, this is a modern blockbuster in many of the worst ways; it’s noisy but rarely exciting, heavy on whizzing and whirling special effects but light on wonder. — A.V. Club
It’s not that it’s bad, it’s that it never could have been good. It’s an irredeemable disaster from start to finish, an adventure that entertains only via glimpses of the adventure it should have been. It’s the kind of movie that Tom Cruise became a household name by avoiding at all costs. — IndieWire
Not only is The Mummy the worst movie that Tom Cruise has ever made, it’s also obviously the worst movie that Tom Cruise has ever made — it stands out like a flat note on a grand piano.
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