48 HRS Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2014
Violence, profanity, racial epithets in dated '80s movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 6, 2011
A genuinely tetchy, risky race comedy
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 17, 2011
It remains one of the better action-comedy buddy pictures you'll find.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
One of the first buddy action movies, 48 Hrs. laid the ground work for the sub-genre that was at its best during the 1980's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 6, 2009
Neither jokes nor fast, flashy action can completely distract audiences from the failure to establish an authentic, rather than a purely conventional connection between Nolte and Murphy.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
October 26, 2008
The perfect buddy-cop movie! Murphy and Nolte are awesome!
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 7, 2008
Fast-paced, frill-free action entertainment of the first order.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
March 1, 2007
Although dated, there is a brute edginess to this popular slice of formula odd coupling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 1, 2007
Hang on for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 1, 2007
All in all, a superior genre piece, if not the height of Hill's artistry.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A down-the-line thriller, plain, fast and efficient.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
August 31, 2005
Stands with Midnight Run as one of the all-time great mismatched buddy movies.
| Original Score: 5/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
November 23, 2004
Ignited that whole anti-buddy genre.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
Enjoyably edgy romp
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The movie's story is nothing to write home about. It's pretty routine. What makes the movie special is how it's made. Nolte and Murphy are good, and their dialogue is good, too -- quirky and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
[It] is more memorable for its characters than for its high style, more a series of energetic scenes than a collection of handsome imagery. It has life, ferocity and humor in place of icy, stylized elegance, and that seems more than a fair trade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
August 6, 2003
This film never worked for me.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 18, 2003
Before Nolte was in Rehab, and Murphy was making movies like "Pluto Nash" (who can say which fate is worse?), the two got together for a pretty decent little buddy-cop movie
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
February 7, 2003
A streetwise, savage, hilarious film with an incredible debut by Eddie Murphy.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
January 15, 2003
48 Hrs. may seem panfully dated and more than a little familiar, but keep in mind that this one hit the screns in 1982 - back when a buddy/cop flick was actually a novel proposition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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