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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 92 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 82 out of 92
  2. Negative: 4 out of 92
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  1. Dec 11, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  2. May 17, 2012
    9
    An action packed comedy! I loved it Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson were hilarious and Fann Wong was good too. If you like action movies and comedy movies then Shanghai Knights is a movie for you.
  3. Jan 2, 2012
    2
    It was ok but really it was just so stupid that it was likeable. The acting was poor and the action was good (for the most part). The entire plot was too generic though and lacks interest. Also it ended terribly.
  4. 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.
  5. MitchellT.
    Feb 14, 2003
    10
    Jackie Chan kicks proverbial "arse" and Owen Wilson continues his god-like status as a comedic interlude in the realm of the buddy flick.
  6. MikeyG
    Feb 6, 2003
    8
    This was a solid movie all the way around. I would say even better than the original. The action sequences are great, up to the usual Jackie Chan standards. Owen Wilson does a very good job as the comic relief and the hot asian actress that plays Jackie's sister blends in well. Not the best film ever made, but all in all, a very fun popcorn flick for the whole family!
  7. Hades
    Feb 15, 2003
    9
    I thought the movie was great entertainment. In the sense of action and comedy, it was a great buddy feel good movie. However it did take a moment to get started but once it did it was fantastic. I can't wait for the 3rd one, a couple of complaints though, are that yes, some of the jokes are pretty wretched, met by an awkward silence by the viewing audience, but what movie ISNT I thought the movie was great entertainment. In the sense of action and comedy, it was a great buddy feel good movie. However it did take a moment to get started but once it did it was fantastic. I can't wait for the 3rd one, a couple of complaints though, are that yes, some of the jokes are pretty wretched, met by an awkward silence by the viewing audience, but what movie ISNT guilty of that?? Also my other complaint is that Donnie Yen's talents as a martial artist weren't exhibited nearly enough in this film considering how much an impressive fighter he is his scenes could have been 10x better had he had the camera time to exhibit his skills to the max. Overall good entertainment. Expand
  8. E.L.Appleby
    Feb 8, 2003
    3
    A terrible follow-up to a less-than-exciting first installment, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS feels very much like an unscripted effort made up as everyone went along. While a few of the bits do show some comic inspiration and, as always, Jackie Chan's fisticuffs are the stuff of cinema legend, it's too bad this piece plays out with so little enthusiasm. Especially disappointing is the A terrible follow-up to a less-than-exciting first installment, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS feels very much like an unscripted effort made up as everyone went along. While a few of the bits do show some comic inspiration and, as always, Jackie Chan's fisticuffs are the stuff of cinema legend, it's too bad this piece plays out with so little enthusiasm. Especially disappointing is the usually reliable Owen Wilson, who basically strolls through an otherwise uninteresting follow-up. Only for true Jackie-fans. Expand
  9. NathanF.
    Feb 9, 2003
    7
    More or less a rehash of the first one, and some jokes are real groaners. But hey, it's entertaining anyway.
  10. Acid
    Jun 15, 2003
    8
    Owen wilson will always draw laughs and jackie always delivers eye candy action and in this sequel, so does his sister. Overall, its great buddy comedy or whatever its called.
  11. MichaelM.
    Oct 23, 2004
    6
    This sequel is actually better and funnier than the original. It also has cooler fight scenes too. It is actually a pretty good movie. I laughed really hard in the theater. The story is about a former chinese warrior Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) who after his father gets killed by a ruthless heir of the thrown, seek vengeance on him with the help of his old partner Roy O'Bannon (Owen This sequel is actually better and funnier than the original. It also has cooler fight scenes too. It is actually a pretty good movie. I laughed really hard in the theater. The story is about a former chinese warrior Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) who after his father gets killed by a ruthless heir of the thrown, seek vengeance on him with the help of his old partner Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson) and his sister from China who told him about the death of his father. This one has actually more action and is more funny than the original by a long shot. I personally think that Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights are way better than the Rush Hour movies. I would say this is probably one of Jackie Chan's best movies, and his best comedy for sure. I would recommend this to fans of both Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan and Action/Comedy fans as well. (14 February 2003) Expand
  12. [Anonymous]
    Aug 18, 2005
    7
    Nice Jackie Chan movie. Good martial arts, and his character's sister is played well.
  13. ArabellaF.
    Apr 23, 2003
    10
    Brilliant! Loved the Singing in the Rain dance/fight. Loved the way that Chon and Roy don't argue with each other all the way through - they genuinely like each other's company and so do we. There isn't a dull moment in it, it's fast paced, slickly edited and cleverly directed with enough looseness to allow Chan and Wilson to excel at their own thing. Jackie Chan is Brilliant! Loved the Singing in the Rain dance/fight. Loved the way that Chon and Roy don't argue with each other all the way through - they genuinely like each other's company and so do we. There isn't a dull moment in it, it's fast paced, slickly edited and cleverly directed with enough looseness to allow Chan and Wilson to excel at their own thing. Jackie Chan is astounding as always and his acting in the final scenes shows that he should be given some serious dramatic roles. Owen Wilson makes comedy look easy. The villains are villainous and funny. The costumes are sumptious, music score is sweepingly perfect, Fann Wong is a good addition to the Shanghai family and - in the tradition of Bing and Bob we'd like seven sequels, please. Oh, and Jackie Chan is sex on a chopstick. Expand
  14. BubbaFresh
    Jul 17, 2003
    6
    Chan didn't seem nearly as challenged doing stunts as previous movies and the comedy was nothing spectacular so all in all a average movie.
  15. MMM&GGGR&S
    Oct 10, 2004
    9
    The movie was hilarious, and it succeeded a little more than the first one.
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. 25
    Grating.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?