Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Rush Hour effectively teams Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in a formulaic but funny action comedy that should please fans of both stars.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The first real Jackie Chan picture crafted for the American market, is a terrific piece of junk filmmaking.
  3. A sturdily entertaining vehicle, easily the little guy's best American-made film.
  4. 75
    Lightweight and made out of familiar elements, but they're handled with humor and invention.
  5. It's the kind of copycat movie that becomes original through its cast and treatment.
  6. The fast-talking Tucker and quick-kicking Chan are a surprisingly good team that manages to deliver a fun combination of highly choreographed action and comedy.
  7. This good-natured comedy is set off by the high spirits of its stars.
  8. The emphasis is on comedic interaction, not plot - too bad, "48 HRS" had both - but the pair adds spice to the predictable opposites-detract gags.
  9. Reviewed by: David Denby
    The movie is no more than a well-produced confection designed for quick payoff in the big cities, but it's pretty consistently funny.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A frankly formulaic but raucously entertaining action comedy.
  11. 70
    While there's nothing original in Rush Hour, it runs through its well-worn paces with both wit and excitement.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    There's a familiar feeling to the movie even beyond its twinkle-eyed martial arts melees.
  13. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    The stunts are great but they make sense and don't blow the sense of reality of the whole movie.
  14. 60
    The movie seems to proceed from somebody's notion that it would be hilarious to see a black guy and a Chinese guy working together.
  15. The problem with Rush Hour is that the film isn’t a partnership, it’s a Chris Tucker movie with Chan as straight man.
  16. At regular intervals the film stops short for similiarly nifty Chan choreography, letting the star flip, swivel, scamper up walls and hurl large objects with his feet.
  17. 60
    The contrast between Tucker's motormouth and Chan's man of few words should be funnier, but the plot -- which is cliched without quite becoming self-reflexive -- and the uneven pace dampen most of their moments.
  18. 50
    A somewhat lackluster cop buddy movie that goes wrong in two big ways: (1) it fails to utilize Chan's full range of skills, relegating him to the role of a kickboxing action hero and virtually ignoring his comedic aptitude, and (2) it saddles him with a partner, played by the irritating Chris Tucker.
  19. 50
    The crime story here is lazily constructed, mostly an excuse for the give-and-take between Tucker and Chan, which is shrill and raucous without being especially clever.
  20. A misbegotten marriage of sweet and sour.
  21. The two characters barely even have a relationship; they're a union of demographics--the "urban" market meets the slapstick-action market.
  22. 40
    There may be nothing new under the sun, but you can bet your life there's absolutely nothing new about Rush Hour at all.
  23. Reviewed by: Bruce Diones
    It's not much fun to watch.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jan 9, 2011
    One of my all time favorite movies. This is the movie that made me love buddy cop movies, and a Jackie Chan fan. Although, I wonder where Chris Tucker is these days. Full Review »
  2. Sep 16, 2013
    One of the best buddy cop movies there is, Rush Hour takes two very different cultures, Asians and African-Americans, and throws them together in the melting pot of L.A. to solve a kidnapping case that will send them in lots of directions.

    It's fun to watch Jackie Chan do karate and mount buildings in 5 seconds, and Chris Tucker's humor kills. Full of twists and some great action sequences, Rush Hour is an all-time favorite movie of mine.
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  3. Sep 8, 2011
    Possibly the best buddy-cop film ever, mostly because of the slightly over-the-top kung-fu antics of Chan. It's got the perfect balance of comedy, action, and suspense. The acting could be better though. Full Review »