Shanghai Noon


Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  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. Jackie Chan's best American picture to date, breathes fresh life into the virtually dormant comedy-western.
  3. 90
    Unstintingly funny -- far more so than the wince-worthy trailer -- owing to Chan's pairing with droll indie eccentric Owen Wilson, as his would-be gunslinger sidekick.
  4. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Wilson is flat-out hilarious, playing this cowboy like a surfer dude zapped back in time.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    This enjoyable East-meets-Western likely will succeed on its own terms as a sure-fire, long-legged crowd-pleaser.
  6. 90
    It's an inspired pairing. Wilson is electric as he seduces Chan into a partnership in this self-consciously crafted western, whose cleverness is only part of what makes it so funny.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    He's (Wilson) a terrific sidekick to Chan's funny, earnest, often victimized righteousness. This kid could be a star.
  8. Childishly simple, but extremely funny.
  9. A refreshing movie that's so good natured, so confident of its ability to provoke not queasy awe or numb exhaustion but pure delight.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    There's plenty of invention and exuberant vigor in the chopsocky, and Wilson's cool, ironic drollery provides the perfect foil for Chan's heroics.
  11. 83
    The film is still a wonderful lark filled with an ingredient most summer blockbusters lack -- likability.
  12. 80
    Jackie Chan's latest teams him up in 1880s America with Owen Wilson -- and gives a giddy glimpse of what he'll be doing after he gets too old to do his death-defying stunts.
  13. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    Lets Jackie Chan have some fun, ride a horse and frolic in the American West. And when Jackie's having fun, at least some of it trickles down to us.
  14. This is almost Mel Brooks territory: The frontiersmen think the Chinese are Jews, while the white settlers think it's the Crow Indians who are. Whoosh!
  15. This is one of the few recent westerns that requires you to keep your eyes open and memory engaged.
  16. The martial arts wizard shows a nice feel for the Butch and Sundance thing.
  17. 75
    If you see only one martial arts Western this year (and there is probably an excellent chance of that), this is the one.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    This one looks like a sure bet for seven weeks (at least) of audience good fortune.
  19. He (Chan) still can turn a silly little action comedy like this into a high-spirited, butt-kicking good time.
  20. The first hit movie western of the new century - wins us with a wink. It leaves you in a bright, happily cross-cultural mood. Adios, amigos. And vaya con Jackie Chan.
  21. Funny enough that it could make buddy pictures respectable again.
  22. The most enjoyable western comedy since "Blazing Saddles."
  23. A modest pleasure, driven by a jumble of Old West signifiers and goofball modern flourishes.
  24. 67
    It's Wilson's film all the way. He's brings an unexpected frisson of surfer-esque chutzpah to the role of Roy, a bad guy with good intentions, a cowboy who, dammit, just wants to be loved.
  25. A silly buddy caper that should delight the adolescent at heart, even if some of the jokes have been sitting too long in the desert sun.
  26. A trifle at best, a lightweight, wink-wink amalgam of myriad other films, some of which have even starred Chan and Wilson.
  27. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    Given a decent script, they might make a fun summer movie. Given the script for Shanghai Noon, they've come up with a middling Old West oater that falls flat at least as often as it finds the funny bone.
  28. Lacks confidence in its own much bigger, potentially fascinating story -- an American tale of pageantry and history.
  29. 50
    Chan's string of chop-socky films were never boring. Shanghai Noon is.
  30. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 183 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. CatherineK.
    Feb 5, 2004
    This movie rocks!!! enough said.
  2. May 7, 2014
    Shanghai Noon has some pretty cool martial arts sequences, and Owen and Chan have surprisingly good chemistry. The story, however, has someShanghai Noon has some pretty cool martial arts sequences, and Owen and Chan have surprisingly good chemistry. The story, however, has some major problems. Full Review »
  3. Dec 25, 2013
    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 anThis 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. Full Review »