The choreography, while still delightful, is inevitably less intricate.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Dean Essner - Guardian [UK]
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.
Mike Clark - USA Today
About half as much fun as the original, and for August, that's probably good enough.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
For fans of the still-youthful franchise, this movie's going to hit the spot.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Chan and Tucker go through their paces with the confidence and flair of trapeze artists who know they can rely on each other.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Slack, unfunny bit of new-century vaudeville.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
Watching it is a soul-numbing experience, but that probably won't keep it from being a big hit.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
There's a retrograde quality to the process of turning a surprise hit into a predictable franchise.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Nobody expects this to be, say, The French Connection, but it should make a little more sense.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
How can a movie allow [Tucker] to be so obnoxious and make no acknowledgment that his behavior is aberrant?
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Succeeds as a slightly convoluted, paint-by-the-numbers buddy/action comedy with fast, funny banter and well-choreographed fight scenes.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
Primarily appeals to those who don't tire of ethnic jokes and to Chanatics, as we Jackie diehards style ourselves.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Director Brett Ratner efficiently delivers on audience expectation at every turn.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
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.
Robert Koehler - Variety
The overall pace is slack enough to make the movie's 93 minutes feel twice as long.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
It's not as funny as the original, not as fresh or urgent.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Better than its predecessor, and that goes for everything from the fight scenes to Chan's grasp of English.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Provides a little dance in its step to lift it above the shrill or the innocuous.
Kevin Courrier - Globe and Mail
While the rest of it isn't really any good, it's certainly no chore to watch.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
Everything about Rush Hour 2 is obligatory, from the action to the tiresome banter.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
[Chan's] action choreography is toned down and lacks its usual comic flair.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The film seems content to rely on the formula that could (small sigh) extend for a few more sequels.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The whole film plays like an outtake, and that I do mean as a compliment.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Lacking in spontaneity and freshness.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Less compelling than the first, but fun for fans.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Alexander Walker - This is London
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Dean Essner - Hollywood.com
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
David Poland - Hot Button
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A gaudy, whirling dervish of escapist fun.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A well-honed stunts-and-shtick flick.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Indubitavelmente superior ao original.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Follows so closely in the footsteps of its hugely successful predecessor that an actual review is practically unnecessary.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
The action scenes are still good, but the comedy itself is very slight.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
a series of high-decibel Chris Tucker improvisations alternating with a series of truncated Jackie Chan action moments.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Gives mindless entertainment a bad name.
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
If Chris Tucker ever comes to my house for dinner, he'd better bring some aspirin.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
"It's funny, it has lots of action, andhas some really hot women to boot. End of review. Class dismissed. You can all go home now."
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
It in no way improves on the cliched formula.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A decent movie even if the plot got off at a different exit.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
tries to coast along on the good will created by the first movie without adding a single dash of originality, creativity, or daring
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Provides several opportunities for Tucker and Chan to do what they do best: Tucker performs comedy sketches, mostly unrelated to the plot, and Chan executes martial-arts fight scenes.
Eric Monder - Film Journal International
There really isn't a whole lot to say about Rush Hour 2 because it's pretty much on par with the original.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Rush Hour II is built on the flimsiest of premises for a sequel.
Philip Booth - Orlando Weekly
Dean Essner - Ebert & Roeper
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
I'd like to say that Rush Hour 2 is simply an uninspired rehash of the original, but it's too much fun to slander like that.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Chan's American movies benefit from a little more accessible storytelling and jokes, as well as no horrible, horrible actors as in some imports from the past.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
It looks ... like it was thrown together in a couple of months.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
While Rush Hour 2 is never more than the sum of its parts, some parts are pretty good.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
A sequel that is every bit as satisfying as its predecessor.
Neil Smith - BBC
Chan does his thing; Tucker does his, and everyone who buys a ticket gets exactly what they paid to see.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A lukewarm serving of similar material, microwaved long enough for audience consumption, but one that will leave you unfulfilled and hungry for something else.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
Funnier and faster paced than the slack Rush Hour.
David Forsmark - Credo
A workman-like exercise that's not half as funny or fun as the first one.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
"Rush Hour 2" is the first commercial summer movie that's actually entertaining.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Practically a carbon copy of [its] predecessor.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
A shame that Brett Ratner couldn't give more time to the absolutely stunning Zhang Ziyi.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Only a humourless snob could come away from a viewing without a smile. Of course, only an undiscriminating action-comedy fan could come away truly satisfied.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
This sequel is, like most sequels, a watered down version of the first film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Where fools rush in.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
For me, Rush Hour 2 was a fairly tiresome remake.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Perfunctory, sour, overly racist.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Pure buddy-cop formula and generally well-staged and entertaining.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The final tally: four stars for Jackie Chan, no stars for director Brett Ratner, and minus two stars for Chris Tucker, giving the film a total of two.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The Tucker-Chan team is all about fun. Don't expect more and they'll give you a good time.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
While Rush Hour 2 isn't as laugh-out-loud funny as one, in my opinion it's a worthy sequel.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
Fails to recapture the brazen action or brazen comedy of their first outing.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
They could make ten Rush Hour movies and Chan, Tucker, and Ratner would die rich men. I would die a happy moviegoer.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Yet another sequel sadly not up to the job of matching its predecessor.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
The rare sequel that's better than the original and is nothing short of an above average piece of diversionary entertainment.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Chan has surprisingly little to do -- fewer action sequences than usual and even less dialogue to wrestle with.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Loaded with laughs, eye-popping action set pieces and an indefatigable sense of fun.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Delivers its share of laughs, but offers nothing you haven't already seen.
Melanie McFarland - Seattle Times
Rush Hour 2 might be a whole lot better of a movie if the studio agreed to give moviegoers mute buttons to shut up ultra-irritant Chris Tucker.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The outtakes that run over the end credits [are] the only spontaneous thing about the movie.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It's possible to detect a somewhat calmer, more controlled disposition in this sequel compared with its predecessor.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
As long as it's entangled in multi-culti absurdity, Rush Hour 2 is actually a better time than the first one.
Wesley Morris - San Francisco Chronicle
Stop and Go.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
More of the same -- a little louder, slicker, puff-chested with the glow of a franchise hurtling forward.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
[Chan's] calm plays well against Tucker, and it's still fun to see their contrasting reactions to tricky situations.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A film without any surprises or new ideas.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Give the audience what it wants.
Brian McTavish - Kansas City Star
You may not get your money's worth, but you can't say you don't get what you asked for.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Five minutes into this puppy, I knew that I was in for an all-around good time.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
There's nothing here that's new to rush to the theater for.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Action and comedy are more impressive here than in the first film.
Charles Savage - Miami Herald
Comes off as a lot more cynical than comic -- yet another example of Hollywood riding a semi-amusing bit -- SPLAT! -- into the ground.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
The stunts are cooler and more like what longtime Chan fans have come to know and love.
Dave White - IFilm
The sequel is a lock, a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
An enjoyable alternative in a summer of disappointments.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
If anything, their repartee is smoother and sharper than it was the first time.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Rush Hour 2 isn't as good as the original, but it offers more than enough entertainment to warrant your time and money.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Despite Tucker's valiant energy and Chan's ever-game clowning, just not as funny as the original.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
Just try to not laugh at Tucker's Michael Jackson impersonation in a Hong Kong karaoke bar.
Dean Essner - E! Online
It's tastier this time around because of the established rapport between Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.
Kevin Maynard - Mr. Showbiz
The whole thing seems tired and the script is downright offensive at points.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Less a movie than it is a half-baked remake.
Robert Wilonsky - New Times
Rush Hour 2 is just par for the course in this year of familiarity and mediocrity.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Rush Hour 2 initially falls victim to being a mindless retread, a letdown, then surprisingly saves itself.
Jeffrey Huston - Jeff Huston's Believe Me
By some bizarre quirk of star chemistry, their persona complement each other, the action scenes have comic flair and the movie is mindless fun.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
It's an innocuous pleasure.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Fits right into the Chan oeuvre.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Offers some attractive Hong Kong scenery; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon spitfire Zhang Ziyi being a very bad girl; and funny, if questionably stereotypical, cameos by Don Cheadle and Jeremy Piven.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
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.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It takes the best of the first film and kicks Jurassic dino butt in its fun, frolic and fast pace...
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
...The banter between Chan and Tucker hasn't an ounce of spirit and even the action scenes feel stale and lethargic.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Tucker and Chan work the material as best they can (under the circumstances of no story) but it's a laborious feat.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
Although I tried hard to hate it, I actually laughed quite a few times during the film.
Dean Essner - BeatBoxBetty.com
Director Brett Ratner is never able to get the pacing right, with long slack sections slowing the momentum between funny moments.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Mindless summer fare that actually delivers the goods.
J. Robert Parks - Phantom Tollbooth
Chan and Tucker's relationship is an unfortunate chemistry based on racial insults.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
A sloppily constructed, frantically humorless retread.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
I wanted more excitement, more character dimension, and a whole hell of a lot less of Chris Tucker's irritating mouth.
Blake French - Filmcritic.com