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Shanghai Knights Reviews

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Ed Park
Village Voice
February 11, 2003
It's a merry surfeit, lofted by calisthenic wow above the usual level for late-era Jackie and Wilson's mellow-gold delivery.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 10, 2003
Like an Abbott & Costello comedy, Shanghai Knights is truly dumb, sometimes inconsistent, but awfully funny.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 7, 2003
Knights will surely find an enthusiastic following before it gets to video.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 7, 2003
[A] mundane sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
February 7, 2003
Grand, undemanding entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 7, 2003
A desperately unfunny action comedy, mirthless not only in its effect on an audience but in its whole aura.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 7, 2003
Shanghai Knights never comes close to the wacky surprise of Shanghai Noon.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 7, 2003
[Chan and Wilson] imbue Shanghai Knights with an aura of collegial high spirits, even when the writers leave them hanging.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 7, 2003
Except for some doubles, Chan performs his fight scenes in this film live on camera while doing his most creative choreography in years.
| Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 7, 2003
If Knights isn't exactly great filmmaking, it is at least a lot of silly fun.
| Original Score: B
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February 7, 2003
A nice mindless diversion of a film that provides a few chuckles, and some pretty fancy footwork by the always invincible Jackie Chan and the constantly optimistic Wilson.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 7, 2003
The movie is just the sort of mindless entertainment we're ready for after all of December's distinguished and significant Oscar finalists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 7, 2003
So appallingly slipshod in all the usual departments is this sequel to the engaging martial-arts comedy Western Shanghai Noon that you're tempted to cite its makers for contempt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 7, 2003
Far from great but greatly entertaining, Jackie Chan's Shanghai Knights is certainly one of the best of his English-language pictures.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 7, 2003
A pretty entertaining movie, in a kick-you- in-the-pants kind of way.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 7, 2003
Manages to entertain even as it's floating into the ether.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 7, 2003
Wilson has his surfer-dude moments of humor, but he's doing his best with creatively dead material.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 7, 2003
Even more fun than the 2000 original.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2003
Although the movie doesn't contain wall-to-wall action, the martial-arts set pieces are on a par with Chan's best work.
| Original Score: B-
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
February 6, 2003
There isn't a minute of Shanghai Knights that didn't have me grinning.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 6, 2003
Chan and Wilson are like a Nerf ball and a screwball improvising a game suited to their oddball physics.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 6, 2003
With Shanghai Knights, [Chan] has come through with one of his best.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2003
Lazy and resolutely witless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
February 6, 2003
Shanghai Knights is more of the same. In this case, that's good enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
February 6, 2003
The chemistry that made Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson sizzle so well in 2000's Shanghai Noon is every bit as potent in Shanghai Knights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
February 6, 2003
A sequel that one-ups the original.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
February 6, 2003
Chan and Wilson's easy camaraderie remains eminently watchable, but the rough edges from last time out are missed.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 6, 2003
Shanghai Knights isn't brilliant, but it's amiable and sometimes hilarious escapist stuff.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 6, 2003
An action-comedy sequel so indefatigably preposterous and farklemt -- as they say in certain Upper West Side saloons -- that it actually improves on the original.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 2, 2003
Given a more credible narrative that cared a little about the characters, Shanghai Knights could have been solid entertainment. As it is, it ranks no higher than a passable diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 31, 2003
Grating. That's the best word to describe this flat follow-up to Shanghai Noon.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 28, 2003
Propelled by potent chemistry between Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, Shanghai Knights proves that, sometimes, bigger actually can be better.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
January 28, 2003
It's the stronger supporting players and script that make Knights a more palatable hybrid than Noon.