Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)



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Movie Info

This third installment of the popular comic action series reteams L.A. cops Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover). The latter is scheduled to retire in a week, but the partners are thrust into another slam-bang adventure involving an ex-cop selling confiscated weapons. Along for the ride is Leo Getz (Joe Pesci, reprising his comic relief role from the second film).

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Jeffrey Boam, Robert Mark Kamen, Carrie Fisher
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On DVD: Dec 16, 1997
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Lethal Weapon 3

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (11)

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
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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

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

Full Review… | August 12, 2012
Film Freak Central

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.

Alex roy

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

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