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48 HRS Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2014
Violence, profanity, racial epithets in dated '80s movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 6, 2009
Neither jokes nor fast, flashy action can completely distract audiences from the failure to establish an authentic, rather than a purely conventional connection between Nolte and Murphy.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
August 6, 2003
This film never worked for me.
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The movie's story is nothing to write home about. It's pretty routine. What makes the movie special is how it's made. Nolte and Murphy are good, and their dialogue is good, too -- quirky and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Director Walter Hill delivers rock-solid action every time he steps behind the lens, so enjoy this archetypal pairing not only for the adrenaline, but also for the energy and verve of Eddie Murphy in his youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
January 15, 2003
48 Hrs. may seem panfully dated and more than a little familiar, but keep in mind that this one hit the screns in 1982 - back when a buddy/cop flick was actually a novel proposition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
One of the first buddy action movies, 48 Hrs. laid the ground work for the sub-genre that was at its best during the 1980's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
November 23, 2004
Ignited that whole anti-buddy genre.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
October 26, 2008
The perfect buddy-cop movie! Murphy and Nolte are awesome!
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 14, 2003
Slick and easy-going, though it's aging badly.
| Original Score: 3/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
April 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 22, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
February 7, 2003
A streetwise, savage, hilarious film with an incredible debut by Eddie Murphy.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
Enjoyably edgy romp
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 17, 2011
It remains one of the better action-comedy buddy pictures you'll find.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 28, 2016
...a rather disappointing buddy comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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