Shanghai Surprise
Shanghai Surprise (1986)

Madonna and Sean Penn, who were husband and wife at the time, starred in this notorious box-office bomb that one critic termed "Flop Suey." The film takes place in 1937, during the Japanese occupation of China. Drug runner Walter… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 29, 1986
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jason Bailey

It feels, more than anything, like the duo went looking for a movie they could co-star in, and this was the only script that was lying around.

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Phil Hall
EDGE Boston

Madonna's incompetent performance secured her reputation as a no-talent actress...and, to date, she still hasn't been able to shake that reputation.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Striking visuals and some good George Harrison songs can't save it.

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Aj V
So so so boring, I caught this on TV last night, and I couldn't even understand what Penn was saying or what they were supposed to be doing in the movie.… More
Michael S
I really don't know where to start... and I really don't know where to end! This balant Indiana Jones/ Romancing the Stone rip-off is one of the most… More
Sarah Prisbylla
This movie gets 1 star for Sean Penn and 1 star for Madonna and that's pretty much all it had going for it!