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Shanghai Noon Reviews

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Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Chan is saddled with the languorous, droll wit of Owen Wilson and the result is tedious.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 1, 2000
Doesn't have the zing of Chan's Hong Kong-shot efforts.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
January 1, 2000
So awful I ate like a human Iguanadon just to keep from yelling profanities at the screen.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Shanghai Noon, which lacks Rush Hour's manic energy, also lacks confidence in its own much bigger, potentially fascinating story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
The plots for most Chan movies are glorified coat hangers on which to drape elaborate fights and sight gags. Shanghai Noon is slightly more sophisticated, but it still treats plot twists and peripheral characters as impositions.
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
January 1, 2000
Shanghai Noon is hardly as enervating as its trailer would lead you to believe -- but not by much.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
It's dumb as a board but often funny -- as long as you keep your brain in the car and get in touch with your inner 14-year-old.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 29, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
May 26, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 19, 2001
Even at under two hours, Shanghai Noon feels lengthier than a double bill of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
Ultimately dragged on for too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
For Jackie Chan to succeed in Hollywood, Hollywood must let Jackie be Jackie -- something the jokey Western Shanghai Noon does only sporadically.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
The movie isn't completely unlikeable, but it's not for Chan connoisseurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
J. Robert Parks
Phantom Tollbooth
January 1, 2000
The jokes are obvious and rarely funny.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Soon degenerates into a formula, dum-dum buddy picture that strains the talents of its ingratiating cast, as well as the audience's patience.
David Forsmark
Flint Journal
January 1, 2000
Dey's pedestrian direction threatens to drain the fun from even the good stuff, by finding the least interesting way to shoot nearly every scene.
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Curtis Morgan
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Far too much time passes between good punches and punch lines.
Arne Johnson
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
[Wilson's] quiet self-satire plays like a persistent gnat reminding you that you'd rather be waching another movie.
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