Lethal Weapon Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
December 13, 2014
[Gibson and Glover] make a great team, and some of their early adventures are exciting. But the film runs out of gas as it turns into an extended chase sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2013
At center is the first big, juicy mythic-hero part Gibson has had since Mad Max.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 6, 2013
The story, which proceeds with inevitability, is enlivened by Donner's rousing action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Marriott
Radio Times
December 6, 2013
Implausibility is a large part of the entertainment in this romp par excellence, with each overblown set piece becoming ever more ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
December 6, 2013
Thanks to a peculiar chemistry and a terrific script, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover lift this movie above mere TV-cop fodder.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 13, 2013
Nothing, however, can really prepare audiences for the generally good, though offbeat, performances, gritty action and serio-comic exploits of the Good Guys vs. the Bad Guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Mismatched cops spar in violent '80s action hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 7, 2009
From a distance, Lethal Weapon might appear generic, but a closer look reveals something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 25, 2008
What a concept! Mad Max meets The Cosby Show

Film4
August 25, 2008
A phenomenally successful, noisy, violent buddy movie.
February 12, 2008
the best buddycop film ever
| Original Score: 4/4
Gavin Bainbridge
Empire Magazine
November 27, 2007
The pace never slows, the jokes never miss and the stunts never disappoint in this macho-dream of an actioner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 27, 2007
Lethal Weapon is a film teetering on the brink of absurdity when it gets serious, but thanks to its unrelenting energy and insistent drive, it never quite falls.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 4, 2006
Gibson is truly frightening as the cop about to go into orbit, and Glover is a standout as the down-to-earth lawman with very much to lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
August 4, 2006
Granted, the film doesn't feature the most interesting story-line to come across a movie screen, but that doesn't matter all that much because we're having a whole bunch of fun watching the chemistry between Glover and Gibson...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Geoff Brown
Time Out
June 24, 2006
In this classy all-action thriller, Mel Gibson oozes charm the way his victims ooze blood.
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Admittedly, it pretty cool to see Martin Riggs burst through the door the second the bad guy says "There's no more heroes left in the world" despite having just received brutal electric shock torture that will leave you cringing with shooting discomfort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 27, 2005
[VIDEO ESSAY] Screenwriter Shane Black's approach to creating unconventional characters for "Lethal Weapon" created a new template for the buddy movie genre, which dates back to the silent era of Laurel and Hardy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
The best in an overrated series thanks to Gibson's intense performance as a suicidal cop.
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: B
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