At center is the first big, juicy mythic-hero part Gibson has had since Mad Max.
The story, which proceeds with inevitability, is enlivened by Donner's rousing action sequences.
| Original Score: 3/4
As action-adventure, it's pointlessly puerile, a movie where the heroes are so childish they try to one-up each other with fancy shots at the pistol range.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
From a distance, Lethal Weapon might appear generic, but a closer look reveals something special.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
What a concept! Mad Max meets The Cosby Show
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.
Empty glitz in search of a style.
In this classy all-action thriller, Mel Gibson oozes charm the way his victims ooze blood.
The film is all fast action, noisy stunts and huge, often unflattering close-ups, but it packs an undeniable wallop.
| Original Score: 4/5
A vivid, visceral reminder of just how exciting an action film can be.
A pistol-packing, snap-crackling blow-out.
I'm a guy who is bored by shootouts and chase scenes. I've seen it all. But this movie thrilled me from beginning to end.
| Original Score: 4/4