Rush Hour 2 2001

Critics score:
52 / 100

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Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News: Comes off as a lot more cynical than comic -- yet another example of Hollywood riding a semi-amusing bit -- SPLAT! -- into the ground. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: You may not get your money's worth, but you can't say you don't get what you asked for. Read more

Charles Savage, Miami Herald: Action and comedy are more impressive here than in the first film. Read more

Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune: Succeeds as a slightly convoluted, paint-by-the-numbers buddy/action comedy with fast, funny banter and well-choreographed fight scenes. Read more

Ebert & Roeper: Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Director Brett Ratner efficiently delivers on audience expectation at every turn. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: There's a retrograde quality to the process of turning a surprise hit into a predictable franchise. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Though it lacks some of the high-spirited spark of the original -- it often feels like the fifth or sixth rather than the second in a franchise series -- the action and humor are enough to make an hour and a half pass quickly and pleasantly. Read more

Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times: Delivers its share of laughs, but offers nothing you haven't already seen. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Better than its predecessor, and that goes for everything from the fight scenes to Chan's grasp of English. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Of course, there's Chan -- a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Especially when he's wiping up a massage parlor with the bad guys. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Lacking in spontaneity and freshness. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: Watching it is a soul-numbing experience, but that probably won't keep it from being a big hit. Read more

Paul Clinton (, Fits right into the Chan oeuvre. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: Nobody expects this to be, say, The French Connection, but it should make a little more sense. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: The choreography, while still delightful, is inevitably less intricate. Read more

Kevin Courrier, Globe and Mail: Provides a little dance in its step to lift it above the shrill or the innocuous. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: It's possible to detect a somewhat calmer, more controlled disposition in this sequel compared with its predecessor. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Everything about Rush Hour 2 is obligatory, from the action to the tiresome banter. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: How can a movie allow [Tucker] to be so obnoxious and make no acknowledgment that his behavior is aberrant? Read more

Charles Taylor, While the rest of it isn't really any good, it's certainly no chore to watch. Read more

Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle: As long as it's entangled in multi-culti absurdity, Rush Hour 2 is actually a better time than the first one. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: The film seems content to rely on the formula that could (small sigh) extend for a few more sequels. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: Even the addition of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's spunky Zhang Ziyi to the cast can't get Rush Hour 2 out of the sequelitis quagmire. Read more

Robert Koehler, Variety: All of the original's formulas and alternating tones of goofball antics and deadly serious conflict are studiously yet fluidly preserved in this superior sequel. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: Slack, unfunny bit of new-century vaudeville. Read more