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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.
Action and comedy are more impressive here than in the first film.
Robert K. Elder,
Succeeds as a slightly convoluted, paint-by-the-numbers buddy/action comedy with fast, funny banter and well-choreographed fight scenes.
Director Brett Ratner efficiently delivers on audience expectation at every turn.
Dallas Morning News:
There's a retrograde quality to the process of turning a surprise hit into a predictable franchise.
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.
Delivers its share of laughs, but offers nothing you haven't already seen.
Better than its predecessor, and that goes for everything from the fight scenes to Chan's grasp of English.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie,
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.
Watching it is a soul-numbing experience, but that probably won't keep it from being a big hit.
Nobody expects this to be, say, The French Connection, but it should make a little more sense.
Globe and Mail:
Provides a little dance in its step to lift it above the shrill or the innocuous.
It's possible to detect a somewhat calmer, more controlled disposition in this sequel compared with its predecessor.
Everything about Rush Hour 2 is obligatory, from the action to the tiresome banter.
How can a movie allow [Tucker] to be so obnoxious and make no acknowledgment that his behavior is aberrant?
While the rest of it isn't really any good, it's certainly no chore to watch.
The film seems content to rely on the formula that could (small sigh) extend for a few more sequels.
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.
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.