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Shanghai Noon Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Unstintingly 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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Gough and Millar pepper the story with enough silly gags and droll one-liners that it's easy enough to stay alert between Chan's chest kicks and balletic twirls.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 1, 2000
If summer movie season is the postmodern equivalent of the traveling circus, then Jackie Chan is a one-man big top, his own ringmaster, acrobat troupe and clown act.
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Curtis Morgan
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Far too much time passes between good punches and punch lines.
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000
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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.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
This one looks like a sure bet for seven weeks (at least) of audience good fortune.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
As western spoofs go, though, Shanghai Noon is whooping good fun.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
One dazzling feat of derring-do follows another, defying descriptions in the speed and bravura of Chan's martial artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
The typical machinations of an event movie dictate multiple overblown climaxes that leave one less than bowled over.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's not especially good, but not bad, either.
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A middling Old West oater that falls flat at least as often as it finds the funny bone.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Shanghai Noon makes for a nice guilty pleasure outing.
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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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Expertly mixes thrills and laughter.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Shanghai Noon is the movie Wild Wild West tried to be last summer.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Shanghai Noon is, in classic western tradition, a celebration of male bonding, unabashedly juvenile, boyishly risqué and disarmingly sweet.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
For Chan, it's a step in the right direction, although he has yet to be given the opportunity to bring the full force of his charisma to bear on an English speaking audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Shanghai Noon is all the lighthearted fun last summer's heavy-metal Wild Wild West wasn't.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Has charmingly effervescent, sometimes-hilarious chemistry between Chan and Wilson.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: B
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Shanghai Noon lassos up all the revisionist laughs and action scenes that last summer's Wild Wild West botched.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Shanghai Noon isn't the worst film of the year. But, for me, it may be the most disappointing.
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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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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
A sure-fire summer crowd-pleaser, and the most enjoyable western comedy since Blazing Saddles, Shanghai Noon is a cheerful, good-hearted delight.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If you see only one martial arts Western this year (and there is probably an excellent chance of that), this is the one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 1, 2000
Fast, furious and, quite often, very, very funny.