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.
| Original Score: 7/10
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]
| Original Score: 3/4
Engaging Jackie Chan movie for older teens and up.
| Original Score: 3/5
As far as light, brainless summer entertainment goes, it makes the grade.
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.
The movie walks the line between good stupid humor and embarrassing stupid humor, and usually manages to stay on the good side.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
I'm pleased to report that Shanghai Noon is the best Jackie Chan movie in many moons.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Having Jackie Chan's capable martial arts talents involved in this mix helps to keep the humor level high and the fight scenes exciting.
| Original Score: B
While the western boastfulness may get on your nerves, Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan make the adventure a barrel of fun.
| Original Score: B+
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.
The movie Wild Wild West should have been.
| Original Score: 3/4
Wilson is the glue that holds the story together, and propels Shanghai Noon to the same stature held by Rush Hour.
Shanghai Noon is an accomplished follow-up to Jackie Chan's first big-budget US film Rush Hour.
Jackie Chan's East-meets-Western action comedy is surprising fun.
Jackie Chan and a cowboy film all in one - as inspired as Wispa's decision to add biscuit bits.
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.
First time director Tom Dey's movie looks pretty good is relatively well put together, but storywise, it just wanders aimlessly through various Western clichés.