Shanghai Express
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shanghai Express is a picture of the new school, and when Marlene Dietrich promises Warner Oland to visit him at his castle if he will refrain from destroying Clive Brook's eyesight with a red hot poker, you will not find the situation banal."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It is by all odds the best picture Josef von Sternberg has directed."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"This is one of seven vehicles where Dietrich and Sternberg teamed-up together, and it's one of their most pleasing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Although he was working on a sound stage, [Sternberg] makes China seem claustrophobic, dirty and exotic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The finished product is an example of what can be done with a personality and photogenic face such as Marlene Dietrich possesses to circumvent a trashy story."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"More action oriented than the other Dietrich-Sternberg films, this 1932 production is nevertheless one of the most elegantly styled."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Dietrich illuminates this stylish adventure, and it remains a high point among her many collaborations with director Von Sternberg."
‑ , Film4
"Intriguing and visually atmospheric melodrama with Dietrich doing her sultry thing."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"The bizarre stop-go cadences of the dialogue delivery are the most blatantly non-naturalistic element, but the overall design and dramatic pacing are equally extraordinary."
‑ , Time Out
"The third teaming of Josef von Sternberg and Dietrich is one of their best and most commercial films--the only one nominated for the Best Picture Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"By some inexplicable alchemy, everything comes together in a seamless fusion that manages to create a haunting drama of love and faith that is like no other."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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