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Rush Hour 2 (2001)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 61

Rush Hour 2 doesn't feel as fresh or funny as the first, and the stunts lack some of the intricacy normally seen in Chan's films.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 16

Rush Hour 2 doesn't feel as fresh or funny as the first, and the stunts lack some of the intricacy normally seen in Chan's films.



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Movie Info

A surprise box-office smash spawns this inevitably action-packed buddy comedy follow-up that reunites director Brett Ratner with stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Chan is Chief Inspector Lee of the Royal Hong Kong Police, who travels back to China with his American colleague, Los Angeles detective James Carter (Tucker). The men intend to take some vacation time but are quickly pulled into the case of two murdered U.S. customs agents, who were investigating an illegal counterfeiting scam


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Jeff Nathanson

Jun 1, 2004


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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (61) | DVD (32)

The whole film plays like an outtake, and that I do mean as a compliment.

August 9, 2001
Rolling Stone
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While the rest of it isn't really any good, it's certainly no chore to watch.

August 7, 2001 Full Review Source:
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The film seems content to rely on the formula that could (small sigh) extend for a few more sequels.

August 6, 2001 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
TIME Magazine
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For fans of the still-youthful franchise, this movie's going to hit the spot.

August 3, 2001
Washington Post
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About half as much fun as the original, and for August, that's probably good enough.

August 3, 2001
Washington Post
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Delivers its share of laughs, but offers nothing you haven't already seen.

August 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Less compelling than the first, but fun for fans.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A gaudy, whirling dervish of escapist fun.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

A well-honed stunts-and-shtick flick.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Indubitavelmente superior ao original.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Follows so closely in the footsteps of its hugely successful predecessor that an actual review is practically unnecessary.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

The action scenes are still good, but the comedy itself is very slight.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

a series of high-decibel Chris Tucker improvisations alternating with a series of truncated Jackie Chan action moments.

November 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Gives mindless entertainment a bad name.

October 15, 2001 Full Review Source:

If Chris Tucker ever comes to my house for dinner, he'd better bring some aspirin.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

It in no way improves on the clichéd formula.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

"It's funny, it has lots of action, andhas some really hot women to boot. End of review. Class dismissed. You can all go home now."

August 31, 2001
Matt's Movie Reviews

A decent movie even if the plot got off at a different exit.

August 20, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Provides several opportunities for Tucker and Chan to do what they do best: Tucker performs comedy sketches, mostly unrelated to the plot, and Chan executes martial-arts fight scenes.

August 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

tries to coast along on the good will created by the first movie without adding a single dash of originality, creativity, or daring

August 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

There really isn't a whole lot to say about Rush Hour 2 because it's pretty much on par with the original.

August 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Rush Hour II is built on the flimsiest of premises for a sequel.

August 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Chan's American movies benefit from a little more accessible storytelling and jokes, as well as no horrible, horrible actors as in some imports from the past.

August 7, 2001 Full Review

I'd like to say that Rush Hour 2 is simply an uninspired rehash of the original, but it's too much fun to slander like that.

August 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

Audience Reviews for Rush Hour 2

Brett Ratner keeps the action and comedy coming at rapid fire pace in Rush Hour 2.This is an excellent example of a comedic-action film. The story consistently pushes and it never lets up. The fact that it's under 90 minutes also helps. The humor has its ups and downs, but more than not, especially with the amount of comedic dialogue provided, they are able to generate enough laughs.The stylized object oriented action and stunt work is good clean fun. The choreography is on the money while leaving the want for more.Jackie Chan's "out of country" personality works well in a film of this nature. Chris Tucker, while constantly spitting out line after line, manages to stay below the level of annoyance. Roselyn Sanchez and Zhang Ziyi compliment the male leads without fail. Watching Zhang Ziyi in the role she's given is a turn on.Rush Hour 2 entertains and that's all that matters. "Some apple?"
August 4, 2013
JY Skacto

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Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker have great chemistry, using their differences to their advantage. A good movie if your looking for just comedy.
March 17, 2012
Sanjay Rema

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Ahh, the classic sequel-syndrome. "Rush Hour 2" was not as good as the first. It doesn't improve in the action, story, or comedy but it tries too hard to be more grand. The production values is upped a bit but the direction, editing, and camera shots are still too elementary. Still a fun time though.
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

The best out of the three hands down. This film has a really well thought out story line, and great comedy from Tucker and Chan. It packs a punch.
October 28, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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    1. James Carter: Who died, Lee?
    2. Inspector Lee: You!
    3. James Carter: Detective Yu?
    4. Inspector Lee: Not Yu, you!
    5. James Carter: Who?
    6. Inspector Lee: Do you understand the words that are a-coming out of my mouth?
    7. James Carter: Don't nobody understand the words that are comin' out of your mouth.
    – Submitted by Nick S (20 months ago)
    1. James Carter: We could've been a good couple, we could've had something special but you one CRAZY ASS BITCH!
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (22 months ago)
    1. Inspector Lee: Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?
    2. James Carter: Man no one understands the words coming out of yo mouth!
    – Submitted by Pete G (23 months ago)
    1. Steven Reign: Greed will imprison us all.
    – Submitted by Bryan M (2 years ago)
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