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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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83

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 6

Lethal Weapon 2 may sport a thin plot typical of action fare, but its combination of humor and adrenaline, along with the chemistry between its leads, make this a playful, entertaining sequel.

100

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

Lethal Weapon 2 may sport a thin plot typical of action fare, but its combination of humor and adrenaline, along with the chemistry between its leads, make this a playful, entertaining sequel.

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This high-voltage sequel continues the adventures of Los Angeles detectives Riggs and Murtaugh (Oscar-winner Mel Gibson and Danny Glover) as they try to thwart a smuggling ring of blond South African "diplomats". Gibson finds romance this time around, and Academy Award- winner Joe Pesci ("GoodFellas," "My Cousin Vinnie") joins the team as fast-talking con artist Leo Getz. "At the Movies" calls this "...Pure dynamite!...a summer blockbuster with enough humor, excitement and action for two

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Drama, Action & Adventure

Aug 27, 1997

Warner Bros. Pictures

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Loaded with the usual elements, Lethal Weapon 2 benefits from a consistency of tone that was lacking in the first film.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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By concentrating on the often frustrating, funny relationship between the three men, the film gains in humour but loses some of the momentum and panache which distinguished the original.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If you liked Lethal Weapon, you'll like Lethal Weapon 2; it's almost as simple as that.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A film with the same off-center invention and wild energy as the original.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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You've got your chases, you've got your explosions, you've got your destruction of property and death of innocent bystanders -- all this and bonding too.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's fun stuff -- crackling, playfully escapist summer fare that doesn't make you feel taken advantage of later.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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I've confused a lot of the good things I remember about the first film with good stuff that in actuality happened in the second.

August 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Pesci's terrific comic performance really gooses the proceedings, but the film also works because of its exciting action content, the presence of Patsy Kensit as Riggs' love interest, and the series-best interplay between the two lead characters.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Sequel adds Joe Pesci to the buddy cop formula.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

One of the finest examples of the genre, and, in my humble estimation, one of the greatest sequels put to film. Perhaps deranged hyperbole, but rarely does a follow-up outgun the original film as swiftly as Lethal 2 does.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Better than the first!

February 3, 2009
Brag Magazine

Returning director Richard Donner seems to have smoothed over the few stylistic rough edges remaining from the earlier film to deliver here two hours of pure, breathless, high-impact entertainment.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Probably the best film in the series to date.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Kick ass sequel

February 12, 2008

...funnier, more exciting, and more action-packed than the others in the series.

October 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Too jokey and cutesy. This is where the series took a wrong turn toward too much comedy, but the public didn't seem to mind.

February 17, 2006 | Comments (6)
FulvueDrive-in.com

Strong, funny sequel

June 25, 2004
Film Journal International

Despite problems with poor characterization and weak plot, Lethal Weapon 2 nevertheless provides a satisfying combination of male bonding, action and humor...

March 9, 2004 Full Review
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The best of the series! I really liked this one. Yes, even more than the first.

April 30, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Worse than the first, but better than the rest.

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Simplistic and manipulative, but it's hard to trump the Gibson and Glover team.

December 4, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

A much better film than its predecessor. It's smarter, funnier and more action-packed.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

This is a loud, abrasive, brainless action picture liberally sprinkled with comedy, and it will probably do every bit as well at the box office as its predecessor. But it's also as lightweight, silly and raunchy as they come.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Lethal Weapon 2

Pesci is "Lethal Weapon 2" to the lungs, maybe WMD.

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 9/3
August 6, 2013
spielberg00

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A sequel that's just as good as the first one. It's the continuation of the adventures of the likable duo of Riggs and Murtaugh. It retains everything that made the first movie great and then some. Now we have Joe Pesci playing Leo Getz, the irritating yet harmless tag along. This one even packs some more emotional punches into it, turning it into a revenge-buddy cop-thriller. In the beginning, it drops you straight into the action and doesn't lose your attention for the rest of the film, ending on an emotional yet comical note. Lethal Weapon 2 is a great sequel. Letter Grade: A
June 24, 2013
Dr114
Chris Miele

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Roger Murtaugh: It's just been revoked! 

"The magic is back!"

Lethal Weapon 2 is just as entertaining, just as fun, just as funny, and just as thrilling as the original. The first one is a classic, but I like this one as much, if not slightly more than the first. The character development from the first one is over, and now it is all action. This actually has more action than the original, and the original had a shit load of action. The two main actors are back, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, along with a new, familiar face; that being Joe Pesci. Whenever Pesci is in a film, you know it's going to be all the more better for having his presence. He plays a different type of character than I am used to seeing from him, but still he's good. 

This revolves around the same core plot as the first. Two cops are on a case. This time they are dealing with some South Africans. Also, Riggs falls in love with a secretary that's working for the South African diplomat. The story is even more engaging than the first, in my opinion. It has just about everything movies like this need. As far as buddy cop movies go, it's hard to beat the first two movies in this classic franchise, or it's two cops; Murtaugh and Riggs. This is the cop duo. 

This has to be considered another staple of the genre. The first two movies in this series pretty much define the genre. They have all the violence, explosions, and chases that they could possibly throw into the runtime. This movie is slightly longer than the first, but you won't notice. It runs like a sprinter. It starts fast with a chase scene , and doesn't stop until it reaches the finish line.

Martin Riggs: I'm not a cop tonight, Rog. This is personal. 
January 12, 2012
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Melvin White

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Riggs and Murtaugh investigate the staff of a South African consulate who are hiding behind their diplomatic credentials to perpetrate organised crime. The same team who brought you the original formula of testosterone soaked, adolescent pleasing action and wise cracks returns with exactly the same blend of destruction, homophobic quips, female nudity, car chases and torture that scored so big with the box office. And if you thought the first film was a bit too subtle and sophisticated, it introduces exploding cars, machine guns, helicopter gunships and baddies who are not only evil, sadistic bastards, but RACIST, evil, sadistic bastards, right from the get go. And an exploding toilet. Patsy Kensit is a bit of an insipid love interest and Joe Pesci's constant nasal yammering irritates rather than amuses so it's not quite as good as the first film, but it's close enough to please its fans.
December 5, 2011
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xGary Xx

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    1. Martin Riggs: Come on! We're back! We're bad! You're black, I'm mad!
    – Submitted by Redwan A (8 months ago)
    1. Roger Murtaugh: [after killing two assassins with a nail gun] Nailed them!
    – Submitted by Ismail A (23 months ago)
    1. Roger Murtaugh: Its just been REVOKED!
    – Submitted by Suraj K (2 years ago)
    1. Roger Murtaugh: It's just been revoked.
    – Submitted by Steven M (2 years ago)
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