By Owen Gleiberman
Updated October 02, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

RUSH HOUR (PG-13) Chris Tucker, the only performer worth watching in this rubbishy generic action comedy, is a verbal speed freak, spewing entire sentences — sometimes two at once — in a single frenzied thought blast. At times, he flirts with turning himself into a scamp minstrel show. Yet even that he does knowingly — satirically. Tucker’s bad-boy cop is paired with a Chinese superagent played by Jackie Chan. The two characters barely even have a relationship; they’re a union of demographics — the urban market meets the slapstick-action market. Chan deserves better, but then, he’s had better. Tucker is another story, a dervish of a comic who has practically been baptized in cliches yet who always brings a touch of original madness to them. C-

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