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The Mummy (1999)



Critic Consensus: It's difficult to make a persuasive argument for The Mummy as any kind of meaningful cinematic achievement, but it's undeniably fun to watch.

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Loosely adapted from the classic 1932 horror film starring Boris Karloff, The Mummy is set in Egypt, where over 3,000 years ago the high priest Imhotep (played by Arnold Vosloo) was given the all-important assignment of preparing the recently dead for their journey into the afterlife. However, Imhotep made one terrible mistake - he became smitten with Anck-Su-Namun, the mistress of the Pharaoh himself. Driven mad by jealousy and love, Imhotep murdered the Pharaoh, and his punishment was to be buried alive and suffer the torment of an eternal life in his wretched tomb. In 1925, a band of adventurers seeking fame and fortune - led by Rick O'Connel (Brendan Fraser), an American expatriate who has joined the foreign legion, and Evelyn Carnarvon (Rachel Weisz), an amateur archeologist - find a previously unknown burial site in Egypt. The team starts to dig, hoping to find lost riches, but instead they disturb the tomb of Imhotep, and soon the cursed priest rises from his grave to wreck vengeance on humanity. The Mummy was written and directed by Stephen Sommers, whose previous cinematic journeys into the past include The Jungle Book and The Adventures Of Huck Finn. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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John Hannah
as Jonathan
Patricia Velasquez
as Anck-Su-Namun
Oded Fehr
as Ardeth Bey
Erick Avari
as Dr. Bey, the Curator
Stephen Dunham
as Mr. Henderson
Corey Johnson
as Mr. Daniels
Tuc Watkins
as Mr. Burns
Jonathan Hyde
as The Egyptologist
Omid Djalili
as The Warden
Aharon Ipalé
as Pharaoh Seti I
Bernard Fox
as Capt. Winston Havlock
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Critic Reviews for The Mummy

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (23)

Far more ambitious than its predecessors but a notch or two below the unique event-movie experience it might have been.

May 12, 2020 | Full Review…

It's passable entertainment, but it'll likely leave you wanting more.

February 26, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Written and directed by Stephen Sommers, The Mummy would like to make you shudder, but it tries to do so without ever letting go of its jocular inconsequentiality.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It takes a while, but there finally is a signature shot from Karloff's original, of the Mummy's hand reaching up through the desert sand. It's like seeing an old friend.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's all done with plenty of action set-pieces, some decidedly creepy thrills, and a hearty slice of cheesy humour that often hits the mark, due to the energy and timing of the cast.

May 11, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Both Weisz and the always agreeable Fraser... are capable and attractive performers, but the film drags its uninspiring action out too long for anyone's good--even for anyone who's not 14.

February 14, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Mummy


Great special effects, plenty of action and very funny to!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

All the story ideas come from Universal's 1932 original version (and you've seen that, right? Right?), but the style comes from their follow-up sequel ... turned up to, say, eleven. Rousingly over-the-top (and still so entertaining) think Raiders Of The Lost Ark meets The Mummy to get the tone.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

It may not have enough purpose to go along with it's silliness, and it may be a tad overlong, but "The Mummy" is a film that is easy and fun to watch. This is the definition of an adventure film. It has a few genuine jolts and the plot unravels throughout, in a good way, making this a very easy watch. There is nothing too complex or overdone about it, which is kind of what I was hoping for, but there are no real stakes aside from seeing if our main characters make it out alive, which in the end does not really matter, because they all pull of ridiculous stunts, making for a very far-fetched film. Besides all that, the film is well written for what it is, and put together very well. For it's running time, I was hoping for a little more, but it's a very fun ride!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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