Shanghai Calling
Shanghai Calling (2013)

Imagine a steady stream of immigrants, traveling across a vast ocean to a foreign country, searching for new jobs and better lives. But the immigrants are Americans, and the country they are moving to... is China. SHANGHAI CALLING is a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 16, 2013
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Daniel Henney is personable as Sam, and Eliza Coupe is even more so as Amanda. Daniel Hsia wrote and directed with agility, and he makes sure that his story doesn't get in the way of his presentation of the city.

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Ella Taylor
NPR

Shanghai Calling doesn't aspire to fresh insight, let alone profundity. But it's nice to see the American migration narrative get out of the house for some fresh air.

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Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com

A star is born in Daniel Henney in the predictable film by Daniel Hsia...

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

[A] modest charmer.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A clear affection for its subject and setting help deepen Daniel Hsia's otherwise shallow romantic comedy.

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Nell Minow
Beliefnet

Henney's lanky appeal as he tries to cope with an avalanche of language and cultural challenges is a pleasure to watch.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

Though Mr. Hsia, a television alumnus who also wrote the script, has created a somewhat predictable story infused with stereotypes old and new, he gains mileage from light humor, buoyant energy and some appealing performers.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

It's a sharp setup - a rich American learns what it's like to be steamrolled by unfettered capitalism - but the script cushions things completely.

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com

Offbeat scenarios, a fresh backdrop and warm performances enliven this vibrant, surprising, Chinese-shot treat, a fun cross-cultural romantic comedy with echoes of Jerry Maguire.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Beckford
Shanghai Calling is an entertaining romantic comedy and very accurate portrayal of expatriate life in Shanghai, China. Daniel Hsia, the writer and director, has… More
Mark Beckford
Shanghai Calling is an entertaining romantic comedy and very accurate portrayal of expatriate life in Shanghai, China. Daniel Hsia, the writer and director, has… More
Panta Oz
The latest comedy written and directed by Daniel Hsia is his debut feature. It is about a Chinese American who speaks no Chinese dealing with his relocation to… More