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Rumble in the Bronx (1996)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 11

An entertaining Jackie Chan stunt-fest in which the impressive action sequences overcome the low production value and by-the-numbers plot.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 3

An entertaining Jackie Chan stunt-fest in which the impressive action sequences overcome the low production value and by-the-numbers plot.



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After years as a major star in most of the rest of the world, Jackie Chan finally broke through to stardom in the United States with Rumble in the Bronx, a dubbed and re-edited version of Hung Fan Kui. Here Chan plays Keung, a police officer from Hong Kong who travels to New York to attend the wedding of his uncle, Bill (Bill Tung). Bill has just sold his grocery store to Elaine (Anita Mui), and Keung finds Elaine to be a pretty good reason to extend his visit to New York. However, a

Sep 4, 2001

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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (11) | DVD (4)

Chan's insistence on his own fallibility and vulnerability, taken with virtuoso scenes like the fight involving 101 domestic appliances, shows why he means more to his countless fans than six US action stars put together.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's light on plot and character, but the stunts are well staged.

January 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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For once a film's ad line has a whiff of truth about it: 'No Fear. No Stuntman. No Equal.'

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The fun of Rumble in the Bronx is watching Chan build up one inventive and off-the-wall action scene after another.

January 1, 2000
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January 1, 2000
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The whole point is Jackie Chan - and, like Astaire and Rogers, he does what he does better than anybody.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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I've seen Jackie Chan movies in Cantonese with no subtitles, and it's easy to shake off the plot that you don't understand and just root for the good guys. The same goes here.

July 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Yes, the production values for support acting, dubbing, and photography are marginal, at best. But, the stunts and action sequences are a breath of fresh air when compared to the bloated, hi-tech Hollywood actioners we're seeing.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Great action strung together by the weakest of plots.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source:

Some dizzyingly exciting action marks Chan's stateside debut.

July 8, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A daft, but hugely enjoyable gangster romp.

October 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Whoever demands three-dimensional characters, thoughtful exploration of some important issues or even some semblance of plot from a movie should never watch Rumble in the Bronx.

April 16, 2003 Full Review

Great fun despite cheap, shoddy production and dubbing.

April 14, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

It's Jackie Chan delivering tasty kung fu smackdown. As long as that's what you go in looking for, you won't be disappointed.

March 9, 2003

It's really complicated: see, there's these bad guys... and then Jackie Chan beats the crap out of them.

February 7, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Chan's U.S. breakthrough may not be his best, but it's up there.

December 13, 2002
New Times

The plots is dopey as usual, the acting is dreadful and the humor ain't very subtle, but at least, Tong has a talent at crafting fast-paced action scenes.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

All of Chan's movies are dumb fun, and this was no exception.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

If anything, Rumble in the Bronx is a good example of a foreign film trying to look American and failing miserably.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The most fun-loving film of the current season.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

The story is nothing more than a thin veneer and a poor one at that over a movie to show off the martial arts talents of Jackie Chan.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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September 15, 2013
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Had 2 good stunts in it but as always the best bit is the Jackie Chan blooper reel at the end!
September 24, 2009

Super Reviewer

Very average stuff for Jackie standards, good fights and stunts. This introduced the man to America, which ended up being a cursed bless in many ways.
February 9, 2008
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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this is one of my 2 or 3 favorite jackie chan flicks. it really turned me on to martial arts films and the action sequences were truly amazing. i liked chan better before he got too big in america.
November 28, 2007
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