Shanghai Noon
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Jackie Chan has often played a fish out of water, but he's rarely found himself so far upstream as in this comic adventure, in which he puts his fighting skills to the test in the Old West of the 1850s. Lo Fong (Roger Yuan), onetime captain of the Chinese Imperial Guard, has traded upholding the law for smuggling opium. Needing some operating capital, Lo Fong kidnaps the Emperor's daughter, Princess Pei Pei (Lucy Liu), and takes her to America. When the Emperor sends his best men to find her, Chon Wang (Chan), one of the Emperor's less distinguished guards, insists on joining them;… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"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
"Shanghai Noon lassos up all the revisionist laughs and action scenes that last summer's Wild Wild West botched."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"You can't get a whole lot less substantial than this, but well-played, friendly banter is tough to do, and the film hits its mark perfectly on that front."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"As far as light, brainless summer entertainment goes, it makes the grade."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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
"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
"Expertly mixes thrills and laughter."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Though the film nakedly seeks a wide audience through conventional plotting and characterization—and despite being (like most action movies) guy-centric—Shanghai Noon provides good, clean "family" fun. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"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
"I'm pleased to report that Shanghai Noon is the best Jackie Chan movie in many moons."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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
"Shanghai Noon is the movie Wild Wild West tried to be last summer."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Engaging Jackie Chan movie for older teens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The movie walks the line between good stupid humor and embarrassing stupid humor, and usually manages to stay on the good side."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"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
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