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Lethal Weapon Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
December 13, 2014
[Gibson and Glover] make a great team, and some of their early adventures are exciting. But the film runs out of gas as it turns into an extended chase sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2013
At center is the first big, juicy mythic-hero part Gibson has had since Mad Max.
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
December 6, 2013
What this premise needs is a serviceable plot, but screenwriter Shane Block hasn't provided one. Indeed, for an action thriller, Lethal Weapon is unacceptably slow.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 6, 2013
The story, which proceeds with inevitability, is enlivened by Donner's rousing action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Marriott
Radio Times
December 6, 2013
Implausibility is a large part of the entertainment in this romp par excellence, with each overblown set piece becoming ever more ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
December 6, 2013
Thanks to a peculiar chemistry and a terrific script, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover lift this movie above mere TV-cop fodder.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 13, 2013
Nothing, however, can really prepare audiences for the generally good, though offbeat, performances, gritty action and serio-comic exploits of the Good Guys vs. the Bad Guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2013
As action-adventure, it's pointlessly puerile, a movie where the heroes are so childish they try to one-up each other with fancy shots at the pistol range.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 12, 2012
What does it say that I loved it as a boy of fourteen?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 14, 2012
Yeah, I know, I know: It's considered an action classic and routinely pegged as one of the best "buddy cop" films, but it's always held just marginal appeal for me -- besides, compare it to Die Hard, and its "classic" status seems even more ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Mismatched cops spar in violent '80s action hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
July 7, 2009
From a distance, Lethal Weapon might appear generic, but a closer look reveals something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 25, 2008
What a concept! Mad Max meets The Cosby Show

August 25, 2008
A phenomenally successful, noisy, violent buddy movie.
February 12, 2008
the best buddycop film ever
| Original Score: 4/4
Gavin Bainbridge
Empire Magazine
November 27, 2007
The pace never slows, the jokes never miss and the stunts never disappoint in this macho-dream of an actioner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
November 27, 2007
Lethal Weapon is a film teetering on the brink of absurdity when it gets serious, but thanks to its unrelenting energy and insistent drive, it never quite falls.
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
Empty glitz in search of a style.

TV Guide
December 4, 2006
Gibson is truly frightening as the cop about to go into orbit, and Glover is a standout as the down-to-earth lawman with very much to lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
August 4, 2006
Granted, the film doesn't feature the most interesting story-line to come across a movie screen, but that doesn't matter all that much because we're having a whole bunch of fun watching the chemistry between Glover and Gibson...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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