The Tuxedo


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 13 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Marks Chan's full arrival as an actor. Take away the violence - - and there's plenty of it for those who crave Chan's physical pyrotechnics -- and he's still an immense pleasure to watch onscreen.
  2. 63
    The jokes are as fresh as rotten eggs and the direction stoops to the occasion.
  3. Chan is still able to project the boyishness and insecurity of the new kid on the block. But even those aren't enough to make Tuxedo a black-tie affair.
  4. Chan needs a foil, and Hewitt, while perky, doesn't project nearly enough comedy weight; she's too slight and tailored for his style.
  5. A breakthrough for karate comedy king Chan, but not necessarily the kind we've all been waiting and hoping for. It's an ultra-digitized DreamWorks show crammed with elaborate special effects, the kind that physical-stunt specialist Chan has always avoided.
  6. 50
    You know you're in trouble when 50% of the running length is devoted to plot exposition, and the movie still doesn't make any sense.
  7. It's a fun gimmick -- the sartorial equivalent of those red shoes in the fairy tale that made an ordinary girl dance like Terpsichore -- if not an altogether fun movie.
  8. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    If it weren't for a few genuine Chan novelties and the presence of the goofy Jennifer Love Hewitt, this much-delayed and re-edited mess would be a total loss.
  9. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    In The Tuxedo, ridiculously, Chan's just a suit. A suit walking Jennifer Love Hewitt's breasts around. Chan deserves better.
  10. This ill-fitting Tuxedo is strictly off-the-rack.
  11. Feather-light and proudly goofy, this Jackie Chan action comedy appears to be aimed squarely at under-12s.
  12. 40
    May have been tailored just for Mr. Chan, but it still feels like off-the-rack garb. And by now, Mr. Chan deserves much better than a hand-me-down suit that smells like a rental.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    This bad idea is then underlined by pallid direction from tyro helmer and TV ad vet Kevin Donovan, a virtually incomprehensible plot line and a less-than-satisfying co-starring turn from Jennifer Love Hewitt.
  14. 40
    Jackie Chan is thoroughly wasted in a bad suit and a witless comedy.
  15. 38
    The movie is silly beyond comprehension, and even if it weren't silly, it would still be beyond comprehension.
  16. 38
    The material in this spy spoof is, pardon the pun, awfully frayed.
  17. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    The only possible surprise in The Tuxedo would be an extended demonstration of what was once Chan's trademark, the daffily choreographed kineticism forbidden of late by either his own age or the scruples of story editors.
  18. 30
    A frenetic, busy, expensive machine that looks good but runs on autopilot.
  19. This movie is about the worst thing Chan has done in the United States.
  20. 30
    The film is ultimately more labored than inspired. A cameo by James Brown is amusing, but it can't keep The Tuxedo from earning the distinction of being Chan's worst Hollywood film to date.
  21. It's a comic-book idea that might have been fun. But it's beyond the reach of first-time feature director Kevin Donovan, who squanders his main asset, Jackie Chan, and fumbles the vital action sequences.
  22. 25
    Who writes this stuff, anyway? Does this not sound like utter gibberish? Surely, this film did not actually get made, did it? Yes, it did. I have seen it. But you, oh, fortunate one, don't have to. Consider yourself lucky.
  23. Jackie Chan finally has met his match, an opponent so deadly that none of his considerable talent or charm can fight it -- a bad movie
  24. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    In a truly terrible action adventure called The Tuxedo, a high-tech monkey suit turns Jackie Chan into an all-powerful cyborg, and will turn you into a boredborg.
  25. 20
    Inept script delivers a series of juvenile gags.
  26. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    The result isn't merely ludicrous, it's something far worse. It's drab. It's uninteresting. It squanders Chan's uniqueness; it could even be said to squander Jennifer Love Hewitt!
  27. 0
    Most indicative of The Tuxedo's mediocrity, however, is the absence of the always entertaining action outtakes that traditionally roll under the end credits of Chan films; here it's all dialogue flubs barely fit for Dick Clark.
User Score

Overwhelming dislike- based on 143 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. Yen
    Oct 17, 2015
    I've seen over 20 Jackie Chan films. And while the writing and dialogue is never anything special, at least the focus is on what Jackie doesI've seen over 20 Jackie Chan films. And while the writing and dialogue is never anything special, at least the focus is on what Jackie does best: the fight choreography and the stunt work. The Tuxedo contorts Jackie into everything he's not. His charisma is negated by cringey dialogue intended to be witty. His martial arts prowess is tainted by very noticeable, unnatural special effects. There is very little of the charm or organic kung fu action you look for in a Jackie movie. I'm going to give Jennifer Love Hewitt a pass because the writing for her is so bad I don't think any actress could have done better. Full Review »