“When Western Movies Got It's Ass Kicked!!!!!!!”
Shanghai Noon, which lacks Rush Hour's manic energy, also lacks confidence in its own much bigger, potentially fascinating story.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Shanghai Noon is, in classic western tradition, a celebration of male bonding, unabashedly juvenile, boyishly risque and disarmingly sweet.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
This one looks like a sure bet for seven weeks (at least) of audience good fortune.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Shanghai Noon is the movie Wild Wild West tried to be last summer.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Jessica Winter - Village Voice
It's not especially good, but not bad, either.
Louis B. Parks - Houston Chronicle
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.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Has charmingly effervescent, sometimes-hilarious chemistry between Chan and Wilson.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
If you see only one martial arts Western this year (and there is probably an excellent chance of that), this is the one.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Expertly mixes thrills and laughter.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
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.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Fast, furious and, quite often, very, very funny.
Joe Leydon - Variety
A sure-fire summer crowd-pleaser, and the most enjoyable western comedy since Blazing Saddles, Shanghai Noon is a cheerful, good-hearted delight.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Shanghai Noon isn't the worst film of the year. But, for me, it may be the most disappointing.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
As western spoofs go, though, Shanghai Noon is whooping good fun.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
For Jackie Chan to succeed in Hollywood, Hollywood must let Jackie be Jackie -- something the jokey Western Shanghai Noon does only sporadically.
Sean Means - Film.com
Dean Essner - Globe and Mail
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The typical machinations of an event movie dictate multiple overblown climaxes that leave one less than bowled over.
David Hunter - Hollywood Reporter
One dazzling feat of derring-do follows another, defying descriptions in the speed and bravura of Chan's martial artistry.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Dean Essner - Sight and Sound
Engaging Jackie Chan movie for older teens and up.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
As far as light, brainless summer entertainment goes, it makes the grade.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The first half of this film is great entertainment, and then it starts to unravel, but not before Chan establishes himself as a dynamic comedian.
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
The movie walks the line between good stupid humor and embarrassing stupid humor, and usually manages to stay on the good side.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
This movie is not about plot (which is a shame because there might have been a good story to tell here), it's about fun Martial Arts action. And Mr. Chan as usual, delivers. Service with a smile.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
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.
Derek Adams - Time Out
I'm pleased to report that Shanghai Noon is the best Jackie Chan movie in many moons.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Dey ultimately lets Chan down. If the legendary actor could have brought in old school chum Sammo Hung, he could have made this a great picture.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Having Jackie Chan's capable martial arts talents involved in this mix helps to keep the humor level high and the fight scenes exciting.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
While the western boastfulness may get on your nerves, Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan make the adventure a barrel of fun.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Director Tom Dey does an admirable job of capturing all the tremendous agility of Chan. It almost seems like Sammo Hung, one of Chan's best Asian directors, was working in tandem with Dey.
Max Messier - Filmcritic.com
The movie Wild Wild West should have been.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Wilson is the glue that holds the story together, and propels Shanghai Noon to the same stature held by Rush Hour.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Shanghai Noon is an accomplished follow-up to Jackie Chan's first big-budget US film Rush Hour.
Andy Richards - Sight and Sound
Jackie Chan's East-meets-Western action comedy is surprising fun.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Jackie Chan and a cowboy film all in one - as inspired as Wispa's decision to add biscuit bits.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
If only a little of the resources had been spent on a good script, Shanghai Noon might have been the great Jackie Chan movie his fans have been waiting for.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
First time director Tom Dey's movie looks pretty good is relatively well put together, but storywise, it just wanders aimlessly through various Western cliches.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Not since Mel Brooks' hilarious Blazing Saddles has there been such an outrageous Western as Shanghai Noon.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
This is not the laugh riot that you might expect. Same goes for the fighting. There's certainly a lot less here than in the average Jackie Chan movie.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Steve Ryfle - Hollywood.com
It is precisely the movie for which Jackie Chan fans have always dreamed--a true Jackie Chan film, financed with Hollywood money.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Chan is saddled with the languorous, droll wit of Owen Wilson and the result is tedious.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
I watched, fascinated, as one of the most gifted athletes I have ever had the privilege to watch worked his magic.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
It's funnier and more polished than it deserves to be. There's absolutely nothing you can take seriously, which is a good thing since none of the cast seem to be taking it seriously themselves. So just sit back and, like them, enjoy the ride.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
It makes the most of Chan's talents, a martial artist who infuses all of his films with charm and good humor.
F.L. Carr - PopMatters
Not only does it resurrect a nearly defunct sub-genre, but it succeeds far more than it has any right to.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Don't let my regret at the repression of Jackie's glorious insanity stop you from seeing Shanghai Noon - go and enjoy it.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
This plot has made the rounds in umpteen action flicks, but director Tom Dey seems to have more on his mind as he gleefully sends up the Hollywood western.
Chris Phillips - Movieline
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.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
An entertaining comedy that far surpasses his previous American films.
Gary Mairs - culturevulture.net
Chan and Wilson make a great comic team.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
The next time an international action star comes calling on Hollywood, and needs a buddy action-comedy partner, I hope they pick Owen Wilson again.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The odd-couple pairing clicks, and Shanghai Noon is funny enough that it could make buddy pictures respectable again.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Examiner
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.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Nutritional value may be nil, but its have-fun-by- poking-fun philosophy is a treat and can only improve your mental health.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Starts slowly, spending too long on the set-up, but once it kicks into gear, the film is a frothy treat.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Wilson is so perfect that he steals the picture right out from under Chan.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
somehow manages to stay reasonably sunny and lighthearted without resorting to the condescending who-cares-it's-just-a-movie attitude that sunk Mel Gibson's 'Maverick' a few years back.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
In spite of the rather unimaginative plotting and scripting Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan each turn in engaging performances.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Light but satisfying.
Philip Booth - Orlando Weekly
Shanghai Noon will be Wilson's breakthrough role.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Forget Mission: Impossible 2, If you want to have a good time at the movies, go see this!
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Although adherents of Chan's Drunken Master theatrics will no doubt be less than impressed, it's still head and shoulders (and arms and legs) above similar Hollywood skirmishes.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
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.
David Forsmark - Flint Journal
It's nothing short of a comedic blast to watch.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Looked as thought it might be another chop-suey salad toss ... yet Shanghai Noon manages to stir this into a repast audiences won't be able to keep themselves from eating up.
Vera H-C Chan - Contra Costa Times
The film is a little long for a Western action-comedy but keeps the high kicks, amazing stunts, and villains coming.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Shanghai Noon is hardly as enervating as its trailer would lead you to believe -- but not by much.
Robert Wilonsky - New Times
In addition to his incredible martial arts skills, Chan also proves to be a master at comedic timing. His innocent sensibility is a nice match to his physical talent, keeping him as vulnerable as he is powerful.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Wonderfully, smartly funny, an entertaining treat to watch.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
In fact, Chan virgins might consider taking this opportunity to lose it with Shanghai Noon.
Bob Thompson - Jam! Movies
Jackie Chan continues his late-blooming cinematic conquest of Hollywood with this oafish Wild West comedy, an often funny, formulaic, and sometimes bumbling, buddy movie.
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
...not so much a laugh riot as it is an affable romp.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
A middling Old West oater that falls flat at least as often as it finds the funny bone.
Cody Clark - Mr. Showbiz
An uneasy mix of post-modern, self-referential archness and spaghetti Western bravado that's not likely to please anybody.
Steve Simels - TV Guide's Movie Guide
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
[Wilson's] quiet self-satire plays like a persistent gnat reminding you that you'd rather be waching another movie.
Arne Johnson - Citysearch
Funny, cinematically attractive and endearing.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Strikes a good balance between humor and action.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
It has great dialogue and superb stunts and fight sequences.
Cornell & Petricelli - CinemaSense.Com
Far too much time passes between good punches and punch lines.
Curtis Morgan - Miami Herald
A fun little flick that Chan or western buffs should go check out at a matinee.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
This one is for the boys -- it's about ridin', kickin' and spittin'. And it's high time you got out to see it.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Shanghai Noon makes for a nice guilty pleasure outing.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
[Chan]'s not only a great martial artist but he's a hell of an actor too.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Sit back and enjoy the laughs, the violence, and the urine jokes.
Susannah Breslin - TNT's Rough Cut
A thoroughly enjoyable film, it is (arguably) Jackie's best movie ever.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
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.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Succeeds in excitement where this week's other big release, Mission Impossible 2 failed.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
A satisfying and often exciting film.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Shanghai Noon lassos up all the revisionist laughs and action scenes that last summer's Wild Wild West botched.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Shanghai Noon is a fun outing, filled with stunts and gags that will please Chan fans. It's not art, but it is entertainment.
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The story is compelling enough on its own to make a good (albeit overdone) action flick.
Tim Bennett - CheckOut.com
So awful I ate like a human Iguanadon just to keep from yelling profanities at the screen.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Chan looks as if he's having fun and it rubs off.
Dean Essner - BBC
Though certainly not serious -- even downright stupid at times -- Chan's newest film, Shanghai Noon is, like all of his films, an immensely entertaining and irreverent experience.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
A mis-matched buddy movie that really works.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine
I had a great time!
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Dean Essner - Ebert & Roeper
It's one of those rare comedies that makes you gasp with laughter until your eyes are watering and you start choking Diet Coke up through your nose.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
[Chan] still can turn a silly little action comedy like this into a high-spirited, butt-kicking good time.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
It is impossible to believe that Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson won't soon be back in a sequel.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Five times better than it should have been.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The film is fine summer entertainment for people who don't take their movies or themselves too seriously.
Peter Hum - Ottawa Citizen
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Jackie Chan has his best American movie role so far as Chon Wang.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Shanghai Noon will change the way you feel about the recently maligned genre.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The barroom brawls and open-air confrontations look uncommonly authentic, and yet, given the solid chemistry between Chan and Wilson, the audience can look forward to amusing exchanges during the relatively quiet intervals.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Paul Sherman - Boston Herald
A tasty matinee snack.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Jackie Chan's latest comedy-adventure is an amusing genre-blender, mixing Chan's Hong Kong action with Hollywood's cowboy tradition.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
My jaw ached by the end of the film, because I had been grinning nonstop for two hours.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The jokes are obvious and rarely funny.
J. Robert Parks - Phantom Tollbooth
Shanghai Noon is all the lighthearted fun last summer's heavy-metal Wild Wild West wasn't.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Writers Alfred Gough & Miles Millar heap on the racial and ethnic stereotypes but, in general, they let Jackie Chan do a lot of what he does best: acrobatic fighting.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The movie isn't completely unlikeable, but it's not for Chan connoisseurs.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Ultimately dragged on for too long.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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 Noh - Film Journal International
The chemistry between Wilson, who plays a sort of poor man's Sundance Kid, and Chan is infectious, feels genuine and consistently pays big comic dividends.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Shanghai Noon is a Jackie Chan flick set in the Old West. If that inventive screwball setup isn't enough by itself to get you itching to see the movie, please feel free to read on.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Jackie Chan's western action-comedy should offer you a fairly good time.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A winning madcap comedy...
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Doesn't have the zing of Chan's Hong Kong-shot efforts.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Whatever your favorite moment, it'd be hard to deny that Shanghai Noon is anything less than a rootin'-tootin', chop-sockin' hoot.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com