• Release Date: Feb 8, 2013
Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 12, 2013
    75
    As for the story, it's in some ways inevitable, but it has enough barbs and curves to keep it new. The smartest touch is that the young lawyer is, as a moral entity, a work in progress.
  2. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Feb 14, 2013
    70
    Though Mr. Hsia, a television alumnus who also wrote the script, has created a somewhat predictable story infused with stereotypes old and new, he gains mileage from light humor, buoyant energy and some appealing performers.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Feb 14, 2013
    60
    Hsia has an appealingly slick visual style for the fast-paced if predictable turns in Sam's story, shooting the gleaming, bustling Shanghai as if it had finally earned its big-Hollywood-romantic-comedy stripes as a setting for the usual fish-out-of-water jokes, broad humor, meet-cutes, silly coincidences and happy endings.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    At its best, Shanghai Calling is mildly diverting.
  5. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 12, 2013
    50
    As the narrative builds, the movie shows how the harassed and impatient Chinese-American finds tolerance, acceptance of others, inner salvation and love. A lot for one movie to negotiate, not always successfully, but the enjoyment factor is obvious.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 15, 2013
    40
    The movie wants to say something significant about the excitement and alienation of life in a strange — which is to say, new — place. The film never gets there, but its aims are honorable, and the lovingly shot Shanghai scenery does enhance the trip.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Feb 13, 2013
    38
    If you prefer your social commentary in the form of a glorified sitcom with broad humor and even broader caricatures, look no further.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 12, 2013
    20
    Shanghai Calling eventually reveals itself to be just another stale tale about the virtue of morality over ambition.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Feb 12, 2013
    20
    Through it all, Henney is an appealing screen presence, but he’s trapped in a movie that puts regurgitated sitcom shtick and regional economic boosterism ahead of character and humor.

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