Rush Hour (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rush Hour (1998)



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

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 mastermind. The FBI assures Han they will find the kidnappers and return her safely, yet Han only trusts his longtime friend and ally (also his daughter's beloved martial arts teacher) Inspector Lee, who immediately flies in to help. Unwilling to have an outsider interfere in their investigation, the FBI assigns rogue LAPD detective (and buffoon) James Carter (Chris Tucker) to the case. Hoping to impress the FBI, Carter enthusiastically reports for work but is dismayed to discover his real mission is only to keep Lee away from the case (read b-a-b-y-s-i-t-t-e-r). The arrogant Carter reacts by embarking on a one-man crusade to solve the case, but he must first distract Lee. It doesn't take Carter long before he realizes he has greatly underestimated his Hong Kong counterpart, who sees what's going on and slips away. Impatient FBI agents try to cast off these unwanted misfit cops, but with an assist from LAPD bomb expert Tania Johnson (Elizabeth Pena), Carter and Lee eventually confront the bad guys in a full-tilt action sequence. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of action/violence and shootings, and for language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Kouf and Ross LaManna, Jim Kouf, Ross LaManna
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 1999
New Line Cinema


Jackie Chan
as Detective Inspector ...
Chris Tucker
as James Carter
Elizabeth Peña
as Tania Johnson
Tom Wilkinson
as Thomas Griffin
Julia Hsu
as Soo Yung
Tzi Ma
as Consul Han
James Fox
as Consul Han
Mark Rolston
as Agent Russ
Rex Linn
as Agent Whitney
Robert Littman
as First Caucasian
Michael Chow
as Dinner Guest
Kai Lennox
as Cop at Diner
Larry Sullivan Jr.
as Cop at Diner
Yan Lin
as Consul Secretary
Roger Fan
as Soo Yung's Bodyguard
George Kee Cheung
as Soo Yung's Driver
Lucy Lin
as Exposition Official
Jason Davis
as Kid at Theatre
Jean Lebell
as Taxi Driver
Wayne A. King
as Cigaweed Man
Manny Perry
as Bartender
Kevin Jackson
as Pool Player
Ronald D. Brown
as Pool Hall Doorman
Matt Barry
as Market Clerk
Stanley DeSantis
as FBI Gate Guard No. 1
Dan Martin
as FBI Gate Guard No. 2
Kevin Lowe
as Another Agent
Billy Devlin
as FBI Agent at Buildin...
Tommy Bush
as Bomb Practice Sergea...
Al Wan
as Foo Chow Hostess
Lydia Look
as Foo Chow Waitress
Sumiko (Osumi) Chan
as Japanese Tourist
Chan Man Ching
as Japanese Tourist/Jun...
Ken Lo
as Juntao's Man
Stuart W. Yee
as Juntao's Man
Chung Chi Nicky Li
as Juntao's Man
Christine Mg Wing Me...
as Flight Attendant No....
Frances Fong
as Socialite
Robert Kotecki
as Convention Center Ag...
Mike Ashley
as Male Flight Attendan...
Ada Tai
as Flight Attendant No....
Arlene Tai
as Flight Attendant No....
Wayne A. King Sr.
as Cigaweed Man
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Critic Reviews for Rush Hour

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Rush Hour is a righteous title for an action comedy, and that's only the beginning.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

a big heap of fun

Full Review… | January 5, 2014
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]

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Groucho Reviews

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

Full Review… | December 15, 2010

Audience Reviews for Rush Hour



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


A very funny film with great character development. Good for a nice balance of action and comedy.

Sanjay Rema
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.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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