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Rush Hour (1998)

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60

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 28

A kick-ass addition to the cop-buddy film genre.

50

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 8

A kick-ass addition to the cop-buddy film genre.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Movie Info

Brett Ratner directed this action-comedy that found box-office success by teaming Chris Tucker with Jackie Chan -- performing his own stunts as per his earlier films. As the story begins, Hong-Kong supercop Lee's (Chan), detective savvy leads to the confiscation of $500 million in weapons, drugs, and Chinese art. When Hong Kong Chinese Consul Han (Tzi Ma), is sent on a diplomatic mission to Los Angeles, his 11-year-old daughter, Soo Young (Julia Hsu), is abducted by an international criminal

Mar 2, 1999

New Line Cinema

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All Critics (71) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (28) | DVD (15)

The contrast between Tucker's motormouth and Chan's man of few words should be funnier, but the plot -- which is cliched without quite becoming self-reflexive -- and the uneven pace dampen most of their moments.

October 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Much of the best dialogue, you suspect, was improvised by Tucker and Chan, who seem truly taken with each other and make a delightful, ordinary-extraordinary pair.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Rush Hour is a righteous title for an action comedy, and that's only the beginning.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Rush Hour effectively teams Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in a formulaic but funny action comedy that should please fans of both stars.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A kick-happy buddy film!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The movie is no more than a well-produced confection designed for quick payoff in the big cities, but it's pretty consistently funny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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a big heap of fun

January 5, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Chan...can make something out of nothing, while Ratner's chief skills seem to be talking himself into the director's chair and hiring the right people. [Blu-ray]

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A lightweight, but highly enjoyable buddy cop movie elevated by its two lead stars.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Buddy cop fun amidst explosions, bad guys, and language.

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The action and stunt scenes are not on a par with those in Chan's HK efforts.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

By the book buddy-buddy movie. This is a weakly scripted parade of set-pieces which aren't as exciting as regular Jackie Chan films.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

No matter how much or how fast Tucker talks, you can't help feeling that his co-star has made a fatal mistake.

October 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

...manages to coast on the palpable chemistry between the two leads...

September 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

How sad that the great Chan is presumed to need this kind of dumbed-down buddy movie.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (2)
eFilmCritic.com

Chris Tucker is the man.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The great Jackie Chan deserves an A list director in a Hollywood film while he's still young enough to pull off his awe inspiring stunts.

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

A disappointment.

May 24, 2004 Full Review | Comments (3)
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By themselves, Chan and Tucker do not provide anything inspiring or refreshing, but when they are combined, they form a surprisingly entertaining comedic duo.

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

I didn't have very high expectations for this film, and it was much better than I thought it was going to be.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Rush Hour would be a lot more valuable if it were not so heavily based on other successful films, but if you're looking for mindless entertainment, you could do worse.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A perfect popcorn film -- lightweight, low in nutrients but remarkably satisfying nonetheless.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Terrific entertainment.

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

Audience Reviews for Rush Hour

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Directors Cat

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A very funny film with great character development. Good for a nice balance of action and comedy.
March 17, 2012
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

Good, clean fun. Compared to most of Jackie Chan's projects, the choreography in his fight scenes are very limited but the comedic factor and the engaging story keep this action movie from being a failure. Yes, "Rush Hour" is crippled with bad production value, amateur direction, and boring editing, but it's nothing more or less than a fun and funny action movie.
March 10, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

I was supposed to be funny, but it wasn't, yet I was still entertained by it's action and storyline, which was sadly met with a weak-ish script.
October 29, 2011
scottgreen96

Super Reviewer

    1. Detective James Carter: Why you ain't tell me about the bridge?
    2. Detective Inspector Lee: I did.
    3. Detective James Carter: No you didn't.
    4. Detective Inspector Lee: I said stop!
    5. Detective James Carter: I don't understand what you be saying!
    6. Detective Inspector Lee: What?
    – Submitted by Redwan A (2 years ago)
    1. Detective James Carter: Wipe yourself off, man. You dead.
    – Submitted by Nick W (2 years ago)
    1. Sang: The drop will be made tonight. The amount will be fifty million dollars.
    2. Detective James Carter: Fifty million dollars? Man, who do you think you kidnapped? Chelsea Clinton?!
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
    1. Detective James Carter: Do you understand the words that are coming out my mouth?
    – Submitted by Hector O (2 years ago)
    1. Detective James Carter: Don't you ever touch a black man's radio, boy! You can do that in China but you can get your ass killed out here, man.
    – Submitted by Zbigniew Z (2 years ago)
    1. Detective James Carter: Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth? I cannot believe this shit! First, I get a bullshit assignment. Now Mr. Ricea-Roni cant even speak American. C'mon man, my ride over here. Put your bag in the back... Put your bag in the back! No, no, no, no you put your own shit in the bag, I'm not a skycap. I'm FBI you understand?
    – Submitted by Bryan M (3 years ago)
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