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Shanghai Noon

Shanghai Noon (2000)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 133
Fresh: 105 | Rotten: 28

Although the plot is really nothing to brag about, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson work well together. The cinematography looks great, and Jackie delivers a hilarious performance. This is an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 11

Although the plot is really nothing to brag about, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson work well together. The cinematography looks great, and Jackie delivers a hilarious performance. This is an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser.



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Jackie Chan has often played a fish out of water, but he's rarely found himself so far upstream as in this comic adventure, in which he puts his fighting skills to the test in the Old West of the 1850s. Lo Fong (Roger Yuan), onetime captain of the Chinese Imperial Guard, has traded upholding the law for smuggling opium. Needing some operating capital, Lo Fong kidnaps the Emperor's daughter, Princess Pei Pei (Lucy Liu), and takes her to America. When the Emperor sends his best men to find her,


Western, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Oct 10, 2000

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All Critics (137) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (105) | Rotten (28) | DVD (16)

Much of its strength comes from the central clash between Jackie's indomitable energy and Wilson's knowingly anachronistic cool, while lots of visual and verbal gags keep things whistling.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This is almost Mel Brooks territory: The frontiersmen think the Chinese are Jews, while the white settlers think it's the Sioux who are. This is equal-opportunity nuttiness, and there's a method to it.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's hard to imagine why anyone of any age would find other elements of this movie's attempt at a comic text even mildly amusing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Shanghai Noon lassos up all the revisionist laughs and action scenes that last summer's Wild Wild West botched.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Expertly mixes thrills and laughter.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Shanghai Noon is the movie Wild Wild West tried to be last summer.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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You can't get a whole lot less substantial than this, but well-played, friendly banter is tough to do, and the film hits its mark perfectly on that front.

May 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Though the film nakedly seeks a wide audience through conventional plotting and characterization—and despite being (like most action movies) guy-centric—Shanghai Noon provides good, clean "family" fun. [Blu-ray]

May 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Engaging Jackie Chan movie for older teens and up.

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

As far as light, brainless summer entertainment goes, it makes the grade.

January 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

The first half of this film is great entertainment, and then it starts to unravel, but not before Chan establishes himself as a dynamic comedian.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The movie walks the line between good stupid humor and embarrassing stupid humor, and usually manages to stay on the good side.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

This movie is not about plot (which is a shame because there might have been a good story to tell here), it's about fun Martial Arts action. And Mr. Chan as usual, delivers. Service with a smile.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

I'm pleased to report that Shanghai Noon is the best Jackie Chan movie in many moons.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Dey ultimately lets Chan down. If the legendary actor could have brought in old school chum Sammo Hung, he could have made this a great picture.

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

Having Jackie Chan's capable martial arts talents involved in this mix helps to keep the humor level high and the fight scenes exciting.

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

While the western boastfulness may get on your nerves, Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan make the adventure a barrel of fun.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Director Tom Dey does an admirable job of capturing all the tremendous agility of Chan. It almost seems like Sammo Hung, one of Chan's best Asian directors, was working in tandem with Dey.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

The movie Wild Wild West should have been.

July 15, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Wilson is the glue that holds the story together, and propels Shanghai Noon to the same stature held by Rush Hour.

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

Shanghai Noon is an accomplished follow-up to Jackie Chan's first big-budget US film Rush Hour.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Jackie Chan's East-meets-Western action comedy is surprising fun.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Jackie Chan and a cowboy film all in one - as inspired as Wispa's decision to add biscuit bits.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

If only a little of the resources had been spent on a good script, Shanghai Noon might have been the great Jackie Chan movie his fans have been waiting for.

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

First time director Tom Dey's movie looks pretty good is relatively well put together, but storywise, it just wanders aimlessly through various Western clichťs.

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

Audience Reviews for Shanghai Noon

Tom Dey merges the east and west into Shanghai Noon.There is actually enough of a story to fill the 100 minutes of screen time. The pacing is never too slow nor too fast, although the film tends to drift every now and then to thrown in some comedic antics that do deliver some laughs.The action is highly stylized and highly entertaining. The use of the environment and non-weaponized objects in the choreography does wonders to the martial arts sequences.Despite the story taking place in Owen Wilson's territory, the film belongs to Jackie Chan. His facial expressions and line delivery equate to laughs. His stunt work is also a positive. Xander Berkeley turns out to be a solid cowboy, while Brandon Merrill and Lucy Liu provide the girl power.Shanghai Noon excels as a comedic action western. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
June 23, 2013
JY Skacto

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June 12, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Okay actioner cum ha-ha with a Chinese palace guard (Chan) venturing to the Old West to save a princess (Liu). On the road a vicious cowboy outlaw (Wilson, providing the ha-ha) teaches him about truth, justice and the A-murr-eh-can way. It ain't perfect, but it'll do.
September 24, 2012

Super Reviewer

Shanghai Noon is a much more accomplished action comedy that Rush Hour, which is a horrible film, and with that said, Jackie Chain redeems himself with this one. This is one good comedy that is lots of fun from start to finish. The film has the right amount of action to go with the comedy to really make this film an entertaining ride. I'm usually not that into Jackie Chain, but on occasion he surprises me, and with Shanghai Noon he really delivers a good funny performance. If you want a great action comedy, then this is your film. Director Tom Dey directs a good cast and he has a good idea how to convey an effective action film with comedy. Of course Shanghai Noon isn't perfect, but this is the type of film that is far better than Rush Hour. The reason it's better is because you have a better cast, better director and better story. Also the comedy is better. This film is actually funny. I very much loved this film, and thought that Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan had really good chemistry on-screen that made the film much better than it was. I wasn't expecting anything good out of this film, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a good, entertaining film that is sure to please people looking a fun action packed comedy. This is one of the better films to feature Jackie Chan. Shanghai Noon is great fun from start to finish.
March 30, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Wallace: I was just wingin' it!
    2. Roy O'Bannon: What? No! That's not how we wing it! You've lost your wingin' it privileges!
    – Submitted by Joseph B (20 months ago)
    1. Chon Wang: Uno mas?
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    1. Roy O'Bannon: Roy! Invincible!
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    1. Chon Wang: Uno mosh?
    2. Roy O'Bannon: No uno mosh John.
    – Submitted by Cori J (2 years ago)
    1. Chon Wang: [shaking his hand] My name is Chon Wang.
    2. Roy O'Bannon: John Wayne?
    3. Chon Wang: Chon Wang.
    4. Roy O'Bannon: That's a terrible cowboy name!
    – Submitted by Sam B (2 years ago)
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