• PG-13, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Zucker
    In Theaters:
    Dec 2, 1988 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 15, 2000
  • Paramount Pictures


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The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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It gave me about 10 big laughs and 20 small laughs and as many smiles. That`s value for time and money spent.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 6, 2014
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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In the years since he first played Drebin, Nielsen has deepened the role, made it more subtle, more universal, more paramount.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

May 6, 2014
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The two Zuckers and Abrahams have, surprisingly, forgotten a principle of parody that they taught everyone else. Namely, that the jokes have to fit, and that they have to refer to the target -- in this instance police movies.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2014
Peter Travers
People Magazine

The proud regard in which this farce holds bad taste makes it endearing.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

May 6, 2014
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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The Naked Gun is hugely funny, but it`s also liberating-precisely because it centers its aim on that cold, closed system and blows it apart. The straight lines are shattered; the empty spaces in the images are packed full until they burst.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 6, 2014
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Like the ZAZ lads' other films, this is a movie made for a VCR Saturday night. They supply the jokes; you bring the microwave popcorn and modest expectations.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 6, 2014
Rose DeWolf
Philadelphia Daily News

For those who savor silliness, The Naked Gun is humor heaven.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

May 6, 2014
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Naked Gun is destined to become a cult comedy classic. If the holiday run doesn`t make a bundle, the returns on the video cassette will.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 6, 2014
John Ferguson
Radio Times

The determinedly juvenile gags never stop flowing.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

May 6, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The action isn't as consistently funny or surprising this time, but there's a lot of laughter to be found between the merely crude moments.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

May 6, 2014


Who needs decency and good taste when you've got gags this funny? A classic of its type.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 6, 2014

Empire Magazine

All in all, a balloon-sized hoot.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2014
R. L. Shaffer

The Naked Gun is still very funny more than 20 years later. Leslie Nielsen is awesome, and the gags are more hit than miss.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 7/10

January 29, 2012
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

It would have been nothing without Leslie Nielsen, but this was one of the funniest slapstick comedies of the 1980s.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 15, 2011
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Bawdy, dumb-humor classic spoofs '80s cop dramas.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 18, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...still a hilarious movie, and anyone with a funny bone in his body will probably find it amusing.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

February 3, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Nielsen in particular is superb, cracking his fašade for only the biggest of jokes.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

January 29, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Not quite up to Airplane! or Top Secret!, but there are still laughs aplenty.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

January 11, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The Naked Gun is a continuous stream of verbal and visual gags that come so fast, you don't have time to realize how bad/old/corny they are.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 11, 2008
Variety Staff
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The Naked Gun is crass, broad, irreverent, wacky fun -- and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 11, 2008
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