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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. As irresistible as Chan is irrepressible. In a movie season in which, it seems, all the blockbusters boast wheels, it's a treat to see a movie that has legs.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    90
    This enjoyable East-meets-Western likely will succeed on its own terms as a sure-fire, long-legged crowd-pleaser.
  3. Jackie Chan's best American picture to date, breathes fresh life into the virtually dormant comedy-western.
  4. He (Chan) still can turn a silly little action comedy like this into a high-spirited, butt-kicking good time.
  5. The most enjoyable western comedy since "Blazing Saddles."
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    This one looks like a sure bet for seven weeks (at least) of audience good fortune.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    40
    It's too bad screenwriters Gough and Millar didn't have enough faith in their premise to play it straight; if they had, they might have produced a classic rather than a "Blazing Saddles" without the courage of its convictions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    Shanghai Noon is a hilarious, action ride with clever acting and nifty special effects. The movie is as funny
    as Rush Hour and is fun for the
    whole family. Chan and Wilson are a great duo and the movie is one
    of the best action comedies you'll see.
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  2. Aug 28, 2013
    8
    A film like 'Shanghai Noon' proves that you can take a serious and benchmark setting like the Western genre that has had hits and misses across decades, and take a more light-hearted and humorous approach, thats exactly what likeable stars Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson bring to the table in this comedy-action film, a flick that has all the makings of a martial arts marvel with the perfect setting of the Old West to set up a fish out of water story that sparkles from beginning to end. Jackie Chan plays a curious and bumbling Imperial guard called Chon Wang in ancient Forbidden City China, where he hears the high princess (Lucy Liu) over-talkning to an unknown man about leaving the country to go to America, when this happens, Chon and a small number of other guards are sent America to retrieve the princess, where Chon runs into notorious outlaw Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson), a witty and fast-talking cowboy who robs trains and longs after pretty women, but he messes with the wrong guard, and the two soon form an unlikely and uneasy alliance to retrieve the Princess, while Roy seems to be in it for the gold that is part of the exchange, as it is revealed to be an abduction of sorts.
    The film plays to its key strengths which are the two leads of Chan and Wilson, its entertaining and awe-inspiring to watch Jackie Chan move seamlessly around the screen, taking out various enemies with his martial arts background, theses scenes rely on environmental cues which work brilliantly so as we don't have an endless amount of mirrored action sequences, with this comes Wilson, who provides an excellent amount of comical timing as man who tries to reason and talk his way out of everything, setting up a few funny encounters with Marshal Van Cleef (Xander Berkeley), who is after him. Many homages can be found to some of the best Western of the ages, proving that the film has a healthy respect for its roots, but also showing confidence in what sort of film it tries to be, not too serious but certainly enough drama to keep us entertained.
    This is a wild and action-packed thrill of a film, it has some truly funny scenes and has some excellent martial arts moments with the undeniably energetic and charismatic Chan, but Owen Wilson cannot be left out of that equation, bringing his undeniable charm and witty persona to team up with the "Shanghai Kid", which has plenty of nods to buddy cop films but truly stands well on its own two feet.
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  3. Nov 16, 2011
    7
    It has a lot of funny moments and great performances from Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan. Even with a short story to tell with a few plot holes, it is a fun movie. Expand
  4. Dec 25, 2013
    7
    This movie is hilarious no matter how you see it. It has the Kung Fu fighting Jackie Chan with the cowboy Owen Wilson. They go on an adventure to rescue the princess of China or at least that's what I got out of it. It's comedy mixed in with the more serious setting of the West, this movie is sure to make you laugh out loud. Expand
  5. Aug 17, 2013
    7
    A great film. It's funny, has good story and it's funny. The pace is perfect and has really good character development. Films with a premise like this are typically quite cliché and shallow, but this manages to keep it exciting. Expand
  6. May 7, 2014
    6
    Shanghai Noon has some pretty cool martial arts sequences, and Owen and Chan have surprisingly good chemistry. The story, however, has some major problems. Expand

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