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Shanghai Noon (2000)

Shanghai Noon


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: 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: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 413,897


Movie Info

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, … More

PG-13 (Action violence, some drug humor, language and sensuality.)
Western , Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Miles Millar , Alfred Gough
In Theaters:
Oct 10, 2000
Buena Vista Internationa - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Shanghai Noon

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

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

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Shanghai Noon lassos up all the revisionist laughs and action scenes that last summer's Wild Wild West botched.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Expertly mixes thrills and laughter.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Shanghai Noon is the movie Wild Wild West tried to be last summer.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 19, 2013
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]

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Groucho Reviews

Engaging Jackie Chan movie for older teens and up.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | January 6, 2010

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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007

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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

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

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
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.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2004

The movie Wild Wild West should have been.

Full Review… | July 15, 2003
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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

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

Full Review… | December 2, 2002
Sight and Sound

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

Full Review… | November 7, 2002

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

Full Review… | October 30, 2002

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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

Audience Reviews for Shanghai Noon

Shanghai Noon represents the better of the popular American Jackie Chan films of the late 90s/early 00s and it easily the best of his 'Buddy' films. Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson are two of the most likable people in cinema, so there was an element of win/win about this film from the beginning. The story is good, the comedy is funny and the martial arts scenes impressive without being gratuitous. It's nice to see a Buddy film whereby the 'Buddies' actually look like they're friends and here they definitely do. It's a great family adventure film, entertaining and hard to dislike.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


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.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Shanghai Noon Quotes

Roy O'Bannon:
You said wet shirt don't break, not piss shirt bend bars.
– Submitted by Kia M (20 months ago)
I was just wingin' it!
Roy O'Bannon:
What? No! That's not how we wing it! You've lost your wingin' it privileges!
– Submitted by Joseph B (2 years ago)
Chon Wang:
Uno mas?
– Submitted by Jonas H (2 years ago)
Roy O'Bannon:
Roy! Invincible!
– Submitted by Cori J (3 years ago)
Chon Wang:
Uno mosh?
Roy O'Bannon:
No uno mosh John.
– Submitted by Cori J (3 years ago)
Chon Wang:
[shaking his hand] My name is Chon Wang.
Roy O'Bannon:
John Wayne?
Chon Wang:
Chon Wang.
Roy O'Bannon:
That's a terrible cowboy name!
– Submitted by Sam B (3 years ago)

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