What is a loud, developmentally disabled summer action blockbuster to do when even Hollywood's biggest quote-whore critic won't endorse it? That's the dilemma facing The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which, at this time Thursday, was packing a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. What a difference a day makes, however, with a glint of support finally peeking through the mounting opprobrium. In the spirit of fairness and equal time, after the jump we salute some of the independent thinkers and/or drunks brave enough to stand up for Rob Cohen's crapterpiece — even including a Pulitzer Prize winner!
Dragon Emperor doesn't exactly beg for a sequel (neither did The Mummy Returns, for that matter), but it'd be fun to watch the filmmakers try to outdo this dizzy spectacle in the arena of sheer ridiculousness. — Nathan Rabin, The AV Club Possibly the most fun Mummy yet — call it The Uber-Mummy. — Randy Cordova, The Arizona Republic The film's best quality is that it continues the Mummy tradition of mocking its own big-budget gratuitousness. — Christy DeSmith, Minneapolis Star Tribune It doesn't take itself too seriously but it takes the action scenes seriously and there are some great ones. — Nell Minow, BeliefNet Now why did I like this movie? It was just plain dumb fun, is why. It is absurd and preposterous, and proud of it. — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
And you know what? Universal will probably have that rave on its TV spots by primetime tonight. Thanks a million, Rog.