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Rush Hour 2 Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The movie is counterfeit too, a coarse imitation of a stylish star vehicle for stars who deserve the real thing.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Except for its muddier than necessary photography, there aren't any surprises, which probably won't matter to the target audience.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    This sequel succeeds as a slightly convoluted, paint-by-the-numbers buddy/action comedy with fast, funny banter and well-choreographed fight scenes.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Coarser, more hectic, more cheaply written sequel.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Less compelling than the first, but fun for fans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has a lot of action violence and comic peril. That means that the fight scenes are not very graphic. In almost cartoon-style fashion, characters get beat up badly and then are shown in the next scene without any wounds. School-age kids who see this movie may get unrealistic ideas about the consequences of fighting. The movie also has some strong language, sexual innuendo, and a massage parlor scene in which Tucker is allowed to choose from an array of girls and selects several of them.

  • Families can talk about how we decide whom to trust and the risks that undercover operatives must take. They may also want to talk about the challenges of making friends with people from other cultures and the way that Carter and Lee tease each other about the differences between blacks and Asians.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of action violence, not too gory; characters in peril, some killed.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Mild sexual references; visit to massage parlor.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mild.