NEW YORK: “The Mummy” reboot starring Tom Cruise debuts this weekend as the first installment in Universal’s Dark Universe franchise, and it’s about as bad as its nauseating trailer, which uses The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” way too many times (five).
Critics agree that the movie isn’t a promising start to the many Dark Universe movies that are already in the works.
It’s a messy story packed with messier action, special effects, and exposition. Even veteran action star Tom Cruise can’t save it from itself. While most critics are not loving the movie, some say that though it’s a misstep, they’re actually looking forward to the other movies in the Dark Universe.
Here’s what the critics are saying about “The Mummy”:
“This may be Tom Cruise’s worst starring vehicle ever…” —Forbes
“Obviously the worst movie that Tom Cruise has ever made.” —Indiewire
“It plays, in fact, like a movie directed by a producer, someone checking items off a to-do list rather than telling a story in a consistent tone.” —The Boston Globe
“The movie is a pain in the sarcophagus. I fear that it will anger the gods.” —Chicago Tribune
“A messy and muddled product lacking even the carefree spirit of the Brendan Fraser Mummy trilogy.” —AP
“Even Dwayne Johnson in the sequel of the 2002 reboot, ‘The Scorpion King’ is more fun than this.” —Screen International
“Unlike the old movies that supposedly inspired it, ‘The Mummy’ has no atmosphere, no menace, no romance.” —Newark Star-Ledger
“Universal is counting on ‘The Mummy’ and its successors to make it a competitor with Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros./DC and their ever-expanding world of comic-book-based characters. Guys, you might want to have a backup plan.” —Star-Telegram
“As an introduction, it’s functional. As a template for future films, it’s a warning that Dark Universe filmmakers are going to need to think about the stories they’re telling as much as the stories they’re planning.” —The Verge
“It’s hard to muster anything like desire for another Dark Universe flick after seeing this limp, thrill-free debut.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“Director Alex Kurtzman — who, as a screenwriter, has tackled everything from ‘Alias’ episodes to a ‘Transformers’ movie — can’t seem to make sense of a script by numerous writers clearly unashamed of hack work.” —Rolling Stone
“The Mummy’s true curse is that it’s doomed to sacrifice its moments of fun, breezy spectacle for overwrought world-building.” —Consequence of Sound
“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.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A tomb full of action-packed guilty pleasure that owns its horror, humor, and rampant silliness equally.” —USA Today