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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    As for the story, it's in some ways inevitable, but it has enough barbs and curves to keep it new. The smartest touch is that the young lawyer is, as a moral entity, a work in progress. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The movie wants to say something significant about the excitement and alienation of life in a strange — which is to say, new — place. The film never gets there, but its aims are honorable, and the lovingly shot Shanghai scenery does enhance the trip. show more

  • 50
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    At its best, Shanghai Calling is mildly diverting. show more

  • 50
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    As the narrative builds, the movie shows how the harassed and impatient Chinese-American finds tolerance, acceptance of others, inner salvation and love. A lot for one movie to negotiate, not always successfully, but the enjoyment factor is obvious. show more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine

    If you prefer your social commentary in the form of a glorified sitcom with broad humor and even broader caricatures, look no further. show more

  • 20
    Time Out New York

    Through it all, Henney is an appealing screen presence, but he’s trapped in a movie that puts regurgitated sitcom shtick and regional economic boosterism ahead of character and humor. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    Though Mr. Hsia, a television alumnus who also wrote the script, has created a somewhat predictable story infused with stereotypes old and new, he gains mileage from light humor, buoyant energy and some appealing performers. show more

  • 60
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    Hsia has an appealingly slick visual style for the fast-paced if predictable turns in Sam's story, shooting the gleaming, bustling Shanghai as if it had finally earned its big-Hollywood-romantic-comedy stripes as a setting for the usual fish-out-of-water jokes, broad humor, meet-cutes, silly coincidences and happy endings. show more

  • 20
    Nick Schager Village Voice

    Shanghai Calling eventually reveals itself to be just another stale tale about the virtue of morality over ambition. show more

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