Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. At the risk of eternal damnation on the Internet, I admit to laughing at -- even feeling momentarily touched by -- Rush Hour 3.
  2. Ratner, who has been accurately dubbed a "fauxteur," does an OK job keeping the action swirling, especially in the finale atop the Eiffel Tower.
  3. By no means is it a great movie, but it is great slapstick fun, one of summer's guilty pleasures.
  4. 63
    Rush Hour 3 reminds us that Tucker is an utterly strange entertainment phenomenon: He exists only in the world of these movies.
  5. 60
    Crass, stupid and crudely made. It's also, in places, weirdly brilliant, a picture that plays to the largest possible audience with mechanical efficiency but also, here and there, betrays glimmers of self-deprecating cleverness, as if it were striving, perhaps even unconsciously, to transcend its own dumbness.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    60
    Chan is still the Gene Kelly of martial arts.
  7. It's a jerry-built kick-ass insult machine assembled entirely out of secondhand parts.
  8. In its third time out of the gate, Rush Hour 3, reuniting Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, hits the ground stalling.
  9. 50
    Once you realize it's only going to be so good, you settle back and enjoy that modest degree of goodness, which is at least not badness, and besides, if you're watching Rush Hour 3, you obviously didn't have anything better to do, anyway.
  10. This may be the best-looking film in the series; certainly, the Paris setting, with a climactic battle among the girders of the Eiffel Tower, keeps the visuals interesting. Better you buy a postcard.
  11. It works primarily because of the chemistry between Chan and Tucker, which is at its combustible best this time out.
  12. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Strangest of all, Roman Polanski shows up to torture our heroes with a Paris phone book, then subject them to a full-cavity search. A gratuitous nod to "Chinatown"? Who knows? Who cares?
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Feels as desperate and static as being trapped in a traffic jam.
  14. It's the same package with new wrapping.
  15. Though the movie's a shade shorter than the first two, it feels longer.
  16. If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like.
  17. The best scenes belong to Tucker and director Brett Ratner keys in to his timing, whether it's a Chinese twist on "Who's on First" or a seduction scene in which Tucker blurts out every impulse.
  18. 50
    It's actually surprising that Chan is as engaging as he is. He's a canny performer in a canned-goods movie.
  19. 50
    There's precious little that is fresh or new about the movie.
  20. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    The first Rush Hour was a pretty good movie, the second one pretty lame. The threequel is somewhere in between: nothing special but with a high amiability quotient. The two stars know they click; it's no crime for them to extend and exploit that good vibe one more time.
  21. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    The latest picture to feature one of the movies’ oddest crime-fighting tandems nevertheless stays true to the franchise formula of East-West fusion action, broad cultural comedy and international intrigue, this time largely in Paris.
  22. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    50
    Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker have been through a lot together. To be exact, "Rush Hour" "Rush Hour 2" and now Rush Hour 3. Are they tired? Perhaps not, but their antics and action sequences certainly are.
  23. Chan shows he still has the chops during a showdown at the Eiffel Tower, but you'd think the movie's reported budget of $140 million might have bought Tucker at least one side-splitting gag.
  24. 50
    For a series devoted to giving audiences exactly what they want, it'd be pretty damn appropriate.
  25. 38
    If "Casino Royale" and "The Bourne Ultimatum" represent the new breed of 21st century action, then Rush Hour 3 is Stone Age stuff. The movie aims for irreverent, but delivers irrelevant instead. Let's hope the Rush Hour series stalls here.
  26. 38
    "Rush Hour" was acceptable. It was to "Rush Hour 2" what McDonald's is to White Castle. "Rush Hour 2" is to Rush Hour 3 what White Castle is to cat food.
  27. 38
    Dull, uninspired, and redundant.
  28. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    38
    Chan still sounds silly talkin' jive, the action sequences are peppy if not exactly memorable, and the gags have been sitting out long enough to make penicillin.
  29. The junky, clunky, grimly unfunny follow-up to the marginally better “Rush Hour 2” and the significantly finer “Rush Hour,” isn’t the worst movie of the summer. But it’s an enervating bummer nonetheless, largely because it shows so little respect for its two likable stars and its audience.
  30. Reviewed by: Scott Schueller
    25
    Rush Hour 3 is DOA.
  31. 20
    It just signals a series that's plainly out of gas.
  32. 10
    The biggest loser in all of this is Chan, whose legacy over here won’t be his 20+ years as a martial arts pioneer, but rather his playing straight man to the likes of Tucker and Owen Wilson.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 122 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 9 out of 37
  1. Mar 20, 2014
    6
    Rush Hour 3 lacks the charm and wit of the first two films, and Chan is getting too old for the role. The story in Rush Hour 3 isn't as fresh and exciting as the first two as well. Full Review »
  2. Nov 11, 2013
    6
    The thing that I am most impressed with "Rush Hour 3" is that it's still funny. Usually, after one or two installments, the third film tends to recycle jokes but "Rush Hour 3" proves otherwise. That being said, however, the film does not contain any surprises. It's almost the same as the first two with a different location. Full Review »
  3. Jun 14, 2013
    7
    So the third installment in the series is probably the worst of the three, but having said that its still pretty entertaining thanks to the starts. It's missing what I really liked about the sequel and while there is still enough Action and Comedy here to keep me interested, its not as much as the first two had. I think they might have started to run out of ideas which is probably why a fourth one has been put off, but overall its still an entertaining film with some decent Action/Comedy. Full Review »