Check Out The Mummy's Early Reviews!
Posted 2017/06/07 0 0
The Mummy panned in early reviews... with one critic calling it "the worst movie Tom Cruise has ever made"!
With only a matter of days to go before Universal’s The Mummy is released, early reviews are looking scary indeed for the Tom Cruise led horror/action title. The pic, the first in a planned Universal monster film series dubbed the Dark Universe, currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 28 percent, compared with Cruise's last two films Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which have scores of 37 percent and 93 percent, respectively.
Perhaps the most brutal of all came from IndieWire's David Ehrlich who wrote: “All of this is to say that 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.”
The senior film critic for the online publication gave the film a brutal D - rating.
He continued: “It’s not that Cruise hasn’t had misfires before (and between Rock of Ages, Oblivion, and Jack Reacher: Never Stop Never Reaching they're happening at a faster rate), but The Mummy is the first of his films that doesn’t feel like a Tom Cruise movie.”
Here are more early reviews for you to check out!
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. B–
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
An odd but frothily entertaining genre cocktail, which coasts on the charisma of its two biggest names and keeps things just fun enough to forgive its considerable lapses in narrative.
The reviews aren't all terrible, however, as Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty graded the movie as a "B-", though even he said The Mummy "feels derivative and unnecessary and like it was written by committee (which a quick scan of its lengthy script credits confirms)."
It certainly appears to be a troubling start for a movie that cost Universal a reported $125 million to make, not including the likely high cost of the studio's major marketing push as Universal tries to start its Dark Universe off on strong footing. Analysts are projecting that The Mummy could pull in only about $35 million in domestic ticket sales in its opening weekend, which would be a majorly disappointing box office debut for any expensive project, much less one meant to launch a new franchise.