Despite contemporary views of Ramon Novarro as so lightweight as "to be swept overboard by a single wave," the handsome star does well enough as Ben Ames Williams' young hero. And if it is not quite believable that Ernest Torrence could possibly expect Joan Crawford to reciprocate his ardent passion for her, the veteran character actor is fine as Novarro's brother and rival. As for Ms. Crawford herself, Across to Singapore may have been a well-deserved departure from flapper roles but she is still too wet behind the ears to be much more than an adornment. In fact, Anna May Wong, in a crucial (but unbilled) supporting role, steals the few acting laurels left behind by Novarro and Torrence. Across to Singapore, while no masterpiece and surviving in a rather battered condition, remains an entertaining bit of silent screen hokum.
by Hans J. Wollstein review