Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. 80
    What Chan represents -- the humor and charm and the sheer physical beauty of seeing him in action -- as well as the lazy, ping-pong repartee he achieves with Wilson, is the essence of the casual, deceptively artless art of movies.
  2. 80
    Turns out to be that rarest of Hollywood creatures: a sequel that one-ups the original…These two smart, happy movie stars prove that silliness doesn’t have to be moronic.
  3. 80
    Coasts heavily on Chan and Wilson's charm, which would be a big problem if those prodigiously gifted stars weren't taking on roles that fit like two pairs of comfortable slippers.
  4. 80
    With Shanghai Knights, he (Chan) has come through with one of his best. This time, it's personable.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    80
    A hugely entertaining and more lavishly mounted follow-up to 2000's "Shanghai Noon," the high-concept East-meets-Western that first teamed top-billed duo, pic rides even taller in the saddle as a fleet and funny crowd-pleaser.
  6. Far from great but greatly entertaining.
  7. 75
    Bounds from one gag to another like an eager puppy.
  8. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    75
    A hoot.
  9. The unlikely cowboys play off each other's strengths like the best doubles team in tennis. The exquisiteness of this match is that Chan and Wilson are both reactive comedy actors.
  10. 75
    That his dialogue is often deliberately anachronistic is part of the joke -- and Wilson's sly delivery is often funnier than the lines themselves.
  11. There are three action sequences here so delightful, so hilariously deploying an old tool for a new use, that they prompt smiles long after I saw the film.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    The star interplay and anachronisms recapture some of the surreal spirit of the Crosby-Hope Road movies, and the end-credit outtakes are funny enough to sustain that getting-hoary device for at least one more picture.
  13. Actually a pretty entertaining movie, in a kick-you-in-the-pants kind of way. A relative rarity -- a solid no-brow comedy.
  14. This is an action-comedy sequel so indefatigably preposterous and farklemt -- as they say in certain Upper West Side saloons -- that it actually improves on the original.
  15. 70
    Despite his advancing years, Chan delivers some fleet slapstick; like his hero Buster Keaton he works intuitively with levers, pulleys, ladders, and umbrellas.
  16. 67
    This is a movie where you can just sit back and revel in it, warts and all.
  17. For what it's worth, the film also goes out of its way to be a lavish visual re-creation of the 1880s.
  18. 63
    Pretty mediocre entertainment, and probably better suited for home viewing than a trip to the multiplex.
  19. 63
    It's a gimcrack assemblage of gags, action scenes, favorite moments from the first hit and diorama-like views of high and low Victorian culture.
  20. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    60
    Only promised a few good fights, a lot of chuckles, and an easy way to kill a couple of hours. In today's Hollywood that's hard enough to deliver.
  21. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    60
    The adventure-book pace and topsy-turvy English setting evoke the feel of Stephen Sommers's "Mummy" films.
  22. Loving Jackie Chan has always been easy, which is why it would be nice if he could find better material in which to bask in his long-sought American stardom or, alternately, ease into bad movies as effortlessly as his co-star.
  23. 50
    Chan and Wilson's easy camaraderie remains eminently watchable, but the rough edges from last time out are missed.
  24. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    So appallingly slipshod in all the usual departments is this sequel to the engaging martial-arts comedy Western ''Shanghai Noon'' that you're tempted to cite its makers for contempt.
  25. A machine for killing time, and it does so fairly painlessly.
  26. 40
    Most of the film's humor derives from smug anachronisms (the Brit-pop soundtrack, Wang and Roy's use of modern slang) and jokes about bad English food, teeth and weather that were old when Victoria was a girl.
  27. 40
    I would also like to state for a fact that fight scenes in absence of all other drama aren’t interesting to watch.
  28. 40
    If you’re the type of moviegoer who finds the idea of 19th-century characters using phrases such as "Be cool" and "You must work out" in their conversations, this is the film for you.
  29. Why would the writers bother with narrative when the story is just something that kills time, and brain cells, between feats and fists of fury?
  30. It's too bad Chan's imagination and delicacy were wasted in this movie.
  31. Desperately unfunny action comedy.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Jul 13, 2014
    10
    Shanghai Knights is the brilliant sequel to Shanghai Noon. The movie has plenty of action and laughs.
    The movie is just as entertaining as
    the first. Shanghai Knights is fun for your while family. Full Review »
  2. May 7, 2014
    5
    It's not as fun or exciting as the original, but "Shanghai Knights" will pass as some Friday night popcorn movie entertainment with just enough kick to be watchable. Full Review »
  3. Dec 11, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Rarely is a sequel as good as the original. This is the exception. Shanghai Knights is superbly done, from the plot and the dynamics between the two central characters to the music and fight/dance choreography, this excels at them all. Jackie Chan shines as usual with his comedic martial arts moves, and Owen Wilson does an excellent portrayal of a BS artist, but always loyal to his friend and vice versa. This movie is a delightful parody of era films, from silent movies to 40's dance musicals to 60's psychedelia, it has a little of everything. And that includes real life characters of the late 1800s woven throughout, many a surprise to the audience. A lot of fun to watch - 10 out of 10, easily. Full Review »