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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)



Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
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Detectives Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) re-teamed for their fourth foray together in this buddy-cop action comedy series based on characters created by Shane Black. With the passage of years, Murtaugh's daughter Rianne (Traci Wolfe) is now about to upgrade Murtaugh to grandfather status, while Riggs' relationship with internal affairs officer Lorna Cole (Rene Russo) means he'll become a proud papa. Elsewhere on the family front, Chinese triad members in Los Angeles


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Jonathan Lemkin, Channing Gibson

Jun 5, 2001

Warner Home Video

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Mindless, sadistic violence juxtaposed with rote sentimentality: this is how Hollywood has finally solved the family-values conundrum, the question of how to entertain the blood- and sex-starved masses and be morally proactive at the same time.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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It matters little that the film is rife with non sequiturs, nonsense and nihilistic violence, because its heroes are so darn buoyant and charming.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The climactic streetfighting clash between Mel and coldly charismatic martial arts star Jet Li is a bone-crunching classic.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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One could argue about which Lethal Weapon is the best, but No. 4 is certainly the funniest, warmest and most idiosyncratic.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The relationship/humour stuff in Lethal Weapon 4 is pretty much excruciating, mawkish and inane... The second part of Lethal Weapon 044,the action sequences, are much better.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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There's no plot worth describing, no repartee wittier than 'Oh shut up,' no acting moments that rise above the level of posing.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If not for Jet Li, Lethal Weapon 4 would actually be worse than Lethal Weapon 3.

August 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Lethal Weapon 4 throws in everything except the kitchen sink -- and that's only if you don't count the one that's destroyed along with the rest of the Murtaugh household.

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

With 'Lethal Weapon 4' we find the silliest and most sentimental of the bunch.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Hong Kong action plus buddy cop formula.

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

Cynical and contemptuous of its audience, this lazy sequel oozes an insufferable air of self-satisfaction.

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

You're best advised to put your head in the sand and avoid all three sequels.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

a fine ending

March 11, 2008

The very definition of a meaningless, mindless summer sequel.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

I heard audience members yelling out, 'Rewind it -- I wanna see that again!'

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A moderately entertaining entry in an overrated series that sorely lacks the hard-edged toughness director Walter Hill brought to his two superior 48 HRS films.

March 4, 2006

Offers absolutely nothing new.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The surreal opening scene, featuring an armor-clad flamethrower-brandishing villain, is a clear indicator that few things in this film should be taken seriously.

March 10, 2004 Full Review | Comment (1)

a flaccid, unnecessary wrap-up to a once-glorious series ...

July 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

No, it's not very exciting. And that's the film's big flaw.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Fourth time's the charm for the Lethal Weapon series; I say case closed and let's go out on a high note.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

The bad guy plot is dull and tiresome; the real charm of the film lies in its comedic elements and character relationships.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Let me just say, Jet Li ROCKS in the kind of American debut Jackie Chan or Chow Yun-Fat would have killed for.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Lethal Weapon 4

So for the past four nights I've been sitting down to watch each Lethal Weapon one at a time and let me just say I love this series. Lethal Weapon 4 was a great way to end the Lethal Weapon series. I'm just surprised I never got tired of watching Riggs and Murtaugh on screen. They're just so great together and it shows in each Lethal Weapon movie. I never got tired of these movies. Each movie holds up so well. Lethal Weapon 4 was an excellent end to an excellent series. This one even has a really good cast. It has Jet Li as the best villain in a Lethal Weapon movie (he's right up there next to Gary Busey in the first). Leo Getz is actually really funny in this one (to be honest, I found him irritating in the previous films). Now, just like the third movie, the first half of four isn't as good as the second half. It gets much better as the movie progresses. I love how the final fight scene is just as intense as the fight scene at the end of the first, but this time Murtaugh is involved in the action. Overall: Lethal Weapon is the series that redefined Buddy-cop action movies. Lethal Weapon 4 is a great ending to it all. Movie Letter Grade: A- Series Letter Grade: A
June 25, 2013
Chris Miele

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By the fourth entry in the Lethal Weapons franchise, it's clear that the whole franchise was staying in the toilet, not that I ever truly cared much for the Lethal Weapons. By this time around, the series is so tongue in cheek that its lost it's credibility and it's hard to see it as a solid action film. Some casting decisions are plainly terrible. Joe Pesci and Chris Rock are bad in this, and it's surprising to have Pesci be annoying as hell here because he was terrific in Goodfellas and Raging Bull. Lethal Weapon 4 is one of the worst action films that I've seen. Lethal Weapon 4 is a blunder and doesn't work half the time. The fm is entertaining, but it feels so tonguie in cheek like I said it losses the fire to make it a truly memorable action film. The acting I thought was mediocre and it's not one of the best films with Mel Gibson. For me The Mad Max films and the first Lethal Weapon and Braveheart are his best performances, but in this film he falls flat. The best way to summarize Lethal Weapon 4 is that it's a mediocre fourth film that scraps the bottom of the barrel. The film could have been good, and there was some entertaining parts, but it wasn't enough to redeem the poor final product that is this film.
July 13, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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If this truly is the last entry in the series, it was quite the finale. Jet Li is quite possibly the most lethal of all the villains that Riggs and Murtaugh have gone up against and downright evil. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover still have so much chemistry after four movies and feel so genuine as best friends and partners. I liked seeing the cast that has grown over the years all brought together for this, it's a great family. The action in this movie continued to follow it's predecessors, being ridiculously cool and realistic at the same time. This one seemed to have the most emotional weight tagged on to it and it would almost be hard not to shed some tears at the end for Leo's frog story.
January 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

This is an alright movie, but it could have been better. It's obvious that things were losing steam by this point. The stunts and action sequences are well done though, and this does bring a decent close to the story, so that's cool I guess. I did however really like the humor. It's fun to see Rock and Pesci interact with one another.
August 22, 2010
Chris Weber

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    1. Wah Sing Ku: In Hong Kong, you'd be dead.
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    1. Lorna Cole: You look a little banged up.
    2. Martin Riggs: You look a little knocked up.
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    1. Martin Riggs: Flied lice?
    2. Uncle Benny: Flied lice! It is fried rice, you plick!
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