Rush Hour 2 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rush Hour 2 Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 9, 2001
The whole film plays like an outtake, and that I do mean as a compliment.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
August 7, 2001
While the rest of it isn't really any good, it's certainly no chore to watch.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 6, 2001
The film seems content to rely on the formula that could (small sigh) extend for a few more sequels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 3, 2001
For fans of the still-youthful franchise, this movie's going to hit the spot.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 3, 2001
About half as much fun as the original, and for August, that's probably good enough.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
August 3, 2001
Delivers its share of laughs, but offers nothing you haven't already seen.
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
August 3, 2001
As long as it's entangled in multi-culti absurdity, Rush Hour 2 is actually a better time than the first one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 3, 2001
It's possible to detect a somewhat calmer, more controlled disposition in this sequel compared with its predecessor.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
August 3, 2001
Nobody expects this to be, say, The French Connection, but it should make a little more sense.
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Kevin Courrier
Globe and Mail
August 3, 2001
Provides a little dance in its step to lift it above the shrill or the innocuous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 3, 2001
Chan and Tucker go through their paces with the confidence and flair of trapeze artists who know they can rely on each other.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 3, 2001
How can a movie allow [Tucker] to be so obnoxious and make no acknowledgment that his behavior is aberrant?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 2, 2001
Better than its predecessor, and that goes for everything from the fight scenes to Chan's grasp of English.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 2, 2001
Though it lacks some of the high-spirited spark of the original -- it often feels like the fifth or sixth rather than the second in a franchise series -- the action and humor are enough to make an hour and a half pass quickly and pleasantly.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
August 2, 2001
The overall pace is slack enough to make the movie's 93 minutes feel twice as long.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
August 2, 2001
Action and comedy are more impressive here than in the first film.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2001
Lacking in spontaneity and freshness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 2, 2001
Watching it is a soul-numbing experience, but that probably won't keep it from being a big hit.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
August 2, 2001
Director Brett Ratner efficiently delivers on audience expectation at every turn.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 2, 2001
You may not get your money's worth, but you can't say you don't get what you asked for.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
August 2, 2001
Comes off as a lot more cynical than comic -- yet another example of Hollywood riding a semi-amusing bit -- SPLAT! -- into the ground.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 2, 2001
The choreography, while still delightful, is inevitably less intricate.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 2, 2001
[Chan's] action choreography is toned down and lacks its usual comic flair.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
August 2, 2001
It's tastier this time around because of the established rapport between Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 2, 2001
There's a retrograde quality to the process of turning a surprise hit into a predictable franchise.
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August 2, 2001
Fits right into the Chan oeuvre.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2001
Primarily appeals to those who don't tire of ethnic jokes and to Chanatics, as we Jackie diehards style ourselves.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 2, 2001
It's not as funny as the original, not as fresh or urgent.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 2, 2001
Even the addition of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's spunky Zhang Ziyi to the cast can't get Rush Hour 2 out of the sequelitis quagmire.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 2, 2001
Everything about Rush Hour 2 is obligatory, from the action to the tiresome banter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2001
Succeeds as a slightly convoluted, paint-by-the-numbers buddy/action comedy with fast, funny banter and well-choreographed fight scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 2, 2001
Of course, there's Chan -- a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Especially when he's wiping up a massage parlor with the bad guys.
| Original Score: B-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 1, 2001
Slack, unfunny bit of new-century vaudeville.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
July 30, 2001
All of the original's formulas and alternating tones of goofball antics and deadly serious conflict are studiously yet fluidly preserved in this superior sequel.