Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 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.
  2. The martial arts wizard shows a nice feel for the Butch and Sundance thing.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    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.
  4. This is one of the few recent westerns that requires you to keep your eyes open and memory engaged.
  5. 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.
  6. 75
    If you see only one martial arts Western this year (and there is probably an excellent chance of that), this is the one.
  7. 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.
  8. A trifle at best, a lightweight, wink-wink amalgam of myriad other films, some of which have even starred Chan and Wilson.
  9. Lacks confidence in its own much bigger, potentially fascinating story -- an American tale of pageantry and history.
  10. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    80
    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.
  11. A modest pleasure, driven by a jumble of Old West signifiers and goofball modern flourishes.
  12. Jackie Chan's best American picture to date, breathes fresh life into the virtually dormant comedy-western.
  13. 50
    Chan's string of chop-socky films were never boring. Shanghai Noon is.
  14. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    55
    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.
  15. 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.
  16. The most enjoyable western comedy since "Blazing Saddles."
  17. 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.
  18. 83
    The film is still a wonderful lark filled with an ingredient most summer blockbusters lack -- likability.
  19. 90
    Wilson is flat-out hilarious, playing this cowboy like a surfer dude zapped back in time.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. Funny enough that it could make buddy pictures respectable again.
  23. He (Chan) still can turn a silly little action comedy like this into a high-spirited, butt-kicking good time.
  24. A refreshing movie that's so good natured, so confident of its ability to provoke not queasy awe or numb exhaustion but pure delight.
  25. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    He's (Wilson) a terrific sidekick to Chan's funny, earnest, often victimized righteousness. This kid could be a star.
  26. 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.
  27. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    This one looks like a sure bet for seven weeks (at least) of audience good fortune.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Childishly simple, but extremely funny.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Sep 5, 2014
    10
    Shanghai Noon has plenty of action and comedy to satisfy any moviegoer.
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  2. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    One of my favourite action comedies of all time.
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  3. 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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