Rush Hour 3 Reviews

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Ben Walters
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 14, 2007
The third installment is so cartoonishly stupid it makes the original look like a classic.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 11, 2007
This movie makes a fine replacement for the previous two installments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 11, 2007
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 10, 2007
Rush Hour 3 is an awfully spare title for such a big-money enterprise, but an appropriate subtitle like Auto Pilot or Once More For The Cash would have given the game away.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 10, 2007
There's no doubt that Rush Hour 3 is anything but a mess. And yet there were moments when I found myself laughing giddily at the inanity of it all, and other moments when the picture was so beautiful to look at that I almost forgot its faults.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 10, 2007
The final, and anti-climactic, 'threequel' of the summer has nothing new to say. A staleness pervades the film, despite all efforts to inject freshness and excitement into a tired story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 10, 2007
Rush Hour 3 is a blockbuster sequel filmed with the enthusiasm of jury duty and as barren of novelty as a burned-out souvenir stand.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 10, 2007
For those who still enjoy the formula, Rush Hour 3 will suit fine; but here's a vote for letting Lee and Carter dance into the sunset, having sung their last chorus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 10, 2007
Although the formula seems a tad tired, it's still more entertaining than most sequels to a sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 10, 2007
This may be the best-looking film in the series; certainly, the Paris setting, with a climactic battle among the girders of the Eiffel Tower, keeps the visuals interesting. Better you buy a postcard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
August 10, 2007
The movie aims for irreverent, but delivers irrelevant instead. Let's hope the Rush Hour series stalls here.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 10, 2007
After Max von Sydow played chess with Death in The Seventh Seal, he was condemned to hell: a prominent role in Rush Hour 3.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
August 10, 2007
Nothing can justify the stale gags or Chris Tucker's shrieking minstrel show, and not even a Lalo Schifrin score can drown out the sound of money being counted. Feel free to call it commerce. Just don't mistake this for entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2007
It seems fairly likely that this is a case of returning once more with a bucket before the well runs dry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 10, 2007
Although it has been six years since Rush Hour 2 came out, almost everything about Rush Hour 3 has a familiar inevitability about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 9, 2007
The junky, clunky, grimly unfunny Rush Hour 3 isn't the worst movie of the summer. But it's an enervating bummer nonetheless.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
August 9, 2007
Director Brett Ratner, screenwriter Jeff Nathanson and stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker appear to be trying to save the planet one gag at a time by recycling as much material as humanly possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 9, 2007
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker have been through a lot together... Are they tired? Perhaps not, but their antics and action sequences certainly are.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 9, 2007
The division of labor is the same as in the first two films: Jackie kicks ass; Chris kicks sass. Ratner's challenge is giving the stars enough comedy byplay to keep audiences awake between the big action scenes, and RH 3 gets it done.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 9, 2007
By no means is it a great movie, but it is great slapstick fun, one of summer's guilty pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2007
Chan shows he still has the chops during a showdown at the Eiffel Tower, but you'd think the movie's reported budget of $140 million might have bought Tucker at least one side-splitting gag.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 9, 2007
Ratner, who has been accurately dubbed a 'fauxteur', does an OK job keeping the action swirling, especially in the finale atop the Eiffel Tower. But there's no particular reason to have kept this franchise going except for commercial expediency.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 9, 2007
Rush Hour 3 is everything a sequel shouldn't be: wasteful, unwanted, crass, inept and just plain awful to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 9, 2007
Brett Ratner, the great refusnik of all the A-list, big-budget action film directors, sticks steadfastly to formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 9, 2007
The scripting is terrible, the direction lacks energy and the fights -- this movie's entire reason for being -- are filmed in Jumblevison.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 9, 2007
It's a tedious, soulless, junky comedy whose outtakes reveal just how little effort aside from writing Tucker that big fat check and another for renting the Eiffel Tower was put into getting it on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Schueller
Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2007
Instead of introducing a new protagonist (e.g. Chris Rock in Lethal Weapon IV) or a fresh plot to reconnect with the audience, Rush Hour 3 bludgeons us with the same old shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 9, 2007
A pointless sequel in a franchise that's been underwhelming from the start.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 9, 2007
The eager yet lazy Rush Hour 3 often made me think of one of those mediocre Beverly Hills Cop sequels; it's that derivative and slapdash.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 9, 2007
A whirring, soulless pop product for those who don't expect much more from a movie beyond cheap laughs and frantic diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 9, 2007
At the risk of eternal damnation on the Internet, I admit to laughing at -- even feeling momentarily touched by -- Rush Hour 3.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 8, 2007
It's hard to think of a sadder commentary about Hollywood's sequel fetish than the existence of Rush Hour 3.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 7, 2007
Director Brett Ratner, who built a career on this buddy cop franchise, has cobbled together a lazy and formulaic action comedy that is neither thrilling nor particularly funny.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 2, 2007
Hits the ground stalling.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 2, 2007
Helmer Ratner knows the Rush Hour routine by heart, and production values, even with several new contributors to the franchise (including solid lenser J. Michael Muro), maintain the franchise's sharp, shiny look.
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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
July 14, 2007
The cinematic equivalent of a third-generation photocopy of a doodle barely worth a glance in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6