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75
There's much mumbo-jumbo about past lives and symbolic tattoos, but who cares when you can gaze at a sight as lovely as a dirigible floating in the night sky?
70
Both pleasantly old-fashioned and packed with up-to-date computer-generated special effects, the film's constant plot turns, cheeky sensibility and omnipresent action sequences have no trouble attracting our attention and holding on.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Although the sequel retains its predecessor's breezy retro spirit, The Mummy Returns is a mite darker and scarier and the effects a little spiffier.
63
New York Daily News
The movie resembles a video game in which each victory whisks you to the next level, with slightly different antagonists and a faster pace.
63
Chicago Tribune
Action junkies may enjoy this non-stop barrage, which barely pauses for anything but the most rudimentary (albeit complicated) plot exposition.
63
New York Post
Perfectly enjoyable swashbuckling, eye-catching entertainment.
58
Entertainment Weekly
The actors themselves are more rip roaring and full of spunk than in their first outing.
50
Suffers from the bloat common to sequels.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
The mistake of The Mummy Returns is to abandon the characters, and to use the plot only as a clothesline for special effects and action sequences.
50
Christian Science Monitor
More emphasis on computer-generated gimmickry than on persuasive acting and ideas.
40
Wall Street Journal
This frenzied sequel has all of the clank but none of the swank of the previous version.
20
Rolling Stone
We have to suffer through two hours of this rancid summer cheese.

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