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Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 237,799



Movie Info

Superstars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover return with director Richard Donner for Lethal Weapon 3, the third in the phenomenally successful action series. In this film, Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is only eight days away from retirement and his partner, Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), once again manages to get them both into hot water with both the LAPD and the bad guys, who this time are Jack Travis (Stuart Wilson) and a gang of hoodlums selling armor-piercing bullets. Joe Pesci returns as the … More

R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Dec 16, 1997
Warner Home Video



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Critic Reviews for Lethal Weapon 3

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (19) | DVD (13)

A cheerfully amoral movie that cannily caters to and satirizes our passion for cinematic violence.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Manages to be highly entertaining and sanctions all its violence by making the bad guys so despicable that death seems to be the only solution.

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
Top Critic

What this sequel delivers is still the kind of high-speed roller-coaster action that producer Joel Silver's films often do so well.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie isn't going anywhere, but it goes in circles at top speed.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Mediocrity wielded by experts.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

They know what they're doing and how to do it, but we miss the sense of invention that brightened the earlier movies.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Lethal Weapon 3 is inexcusable crap, but it's sort of intriguing inexcusable crap.

Full Review… | August 12, 2012
Film Freak Central

The franchise is back to its middling ways with Lethal Weapon 3, a sporadically entertaining entry.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Creative Loafing

Violent action sequel on par with rest of series.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Slick, predictable fun.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

More of the same, but it's now so far removed from any sense of reality, and done with such ham-fisted insistence, it's become a clumsy parody of itself.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide


March 11, 2008

Action packed, violent, and funny Gibson/Glover franchise entry.

May 9, 2007

A lethal dose of action, thrills, and comedy.

Full Review… | December 26, 2006

Aside from one good car chase, the weakest entry in the series.

June 23, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

One of the best series in the genre.

July 21, 2004
Cinema Signals

Lethal Weapon 3, although the worst of all four movies, is satisfying enough not only for fans of the franchise.

Full Review… | March 9, 2004

The worst in the series --s till an acceptable actioner, but more calculated than it's predecessors (and successor)

February 27, 2004
New Times

The worst of the series, but the chemistry between Mel and Danny is still strong.

November 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Just for Rene Russo.

April 6, 2003

It would be nice if the films were less violent and more original, but we are stuck with the formula.

Full Review… | March 23, 2003
Laramie Movie Scope

Although long in the tooth, Gibson-Glover heroics hold fast in franchise's third outing.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002

Audience Reviews for Lethal Weapon 3


Lethal Weapon 3 isn't a bad movie. It isn't as great as its two predecessors, but it's still pretty good. The problem with Lethal Weapon 3 is that it's forgettable. The witty banter, likable characters and exciting action are all still here, but it's too safe. What I mean by it being safe is that it steers to much into convention. It just seems like another Lethal Weapon movie but without the spark that made the first two great. There's a lot of good moments in this one and the ending shoot out features a great action set piece. But it relies too heavily on the events that happened in the first two movies and has little character development. Leo Getz is even more annoying in this one and seems a bit shoehorned in (at least they got rid of him early on). Letter Grade: B

Chris Miele

Super Reviewer

Third entry in the Lethal Weapon franchise is a film with mixed results. I really have mixed opinions on the series, and personally, I thought the first was the best one. The first entry was the most exciting, most thrilling, and best written film in the entire series. Obviously sequels followed, and they all had the daunting task of outdoing the original, or predecessor. Lethal Weapon 3 is the second sequel to Lethal Weapon, and it's entertaining, but smething about this film bugs me. Like I said, I never really was that big a fan of these films, and preferred the first. I was more a Die Hard fan. The premise of this story is cool and Mel Gibson plays a cool, mean spirited tough cop. But there's just something about this film that just doesn't cut it for me. I really didn't like Joe Pesci in this film, and I thought he was irritating as hell, I consider his character to be the Jar Jar Binks of the Lethal Weapons. Lethal Weapon 3 nearly succeeds at being a passable sequel for me, but doesn't quite make it. thought the film could have been better, and with the interesting plot, Lethal Weapon 3 could have been a splendid film. But if Richard Donner would've selected his cast more closely, NOT write a part for Joe Pesci, this film would have been better. Entertaining, but not as good as I'd hope it would be.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


The third part of Richard Donner's cop buddy series is the silliest. It puts a lot more emphasis on humor, but once again offers plenty of violence and ruthless villains. While the plot is merely a variation of the former two films it works mostly thanks to the great chemistry between Gibson and Glover. With plenty of laughs, gunfights and car chases not much can go wrong, after all.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Not quite as good as the first two, but honestly, how were they supposed to top two of the greatest action movies ever made? What's great here is that Riggs and Murtaugh are still as strong as ever, as is their new sidekick Leo. Rene Russo was a great addition to the cast and is the perfect match for Riggs. Mel Gibson's dog biscuit diet in this was almost as crazy as his rage fueled rampage at the end. This has some really cool sequences in this, the most impressive being the motorcycle chase. In the end, it's a great continuation of the characters and it should please any fan.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Lethal Weapon 3 Quotes

Martin Riggs: Maybe I slept with someone that I probably shouldn't have. Roger Murtaugh: You son of a bitch!
– Submitted by Matthew D (6 months ago)
Martin Riggs: Roger? Roger Murtaugh: Yeah. Martin Riggs: Grab the cat!
– Submitted by Matthew D (6 months ago)
Martin Riggs: Oops! Roger Murtaugh: Right, oops.
– Submitted by Matthew D (6 months ago)

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