Lethal Weapon 2 1989

Lethal Weapon 2

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Lethal Weapon 2 may sport a thin plot typical of action fare, but its combination of humor and adrenaline, along with the chemistry between its leads, make this a playful, entertaining sequel.

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South African smugglers find themselves being hounded and harassed by Riggs and Murtaugh, two mismatched Los Angeles police officers. However, the South Africans are protected by diplomatic immunity, and so the two are assigned to witness-protection duty in an attempt by their captain to keep his job. It is only when this witness reveals to them that he has already dealt with the smugglers that the trouble really starts.

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Critic Reviews for Lethal Weapon 2

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (8)

  • [T]here's a sense in which all these recent one-against-a-hundred cop and war thrillers represent the gaudy degeneration of the great tradition of the American action movie: substituting hardware for atmosphere...

    August 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Loaded with the usual elements, Lethal Weapon 2 benefits from a consistency of tone that was lacking in the first film.

    June 6, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • By concentrating on the often frustrating, funny relationship between the three men, the film gains in humour but loses some of the momentum and panache which distinguished the original.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • If you liked Lethal Weapon, you'll like Lethal Weapon 2; it's almost as simple as that.

    May 20, 2003
  • It's fun stuff -- crackling, playfully escapist summer fare that doesn't make you feel taken advantage of later.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • You've got your chases, you've got your explosions, you've got your destruction of property and death of innocent bystanders -- all this and bonding too.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lethal Weapon 2

  • Mar 12, 2016
    Just as good as the first, More action and a very good car chase in the middle of the film, Same old predictable plot and obviously the reason for bringing in Joe Pesci was to provide more humour but he ended up being very annoying and unfunny plus Mel and Danny's onscreen chemistry was more than enough to bring the touch of humour it needed.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2015
    Disclaimer: The following review is for "Lethal Weapon 2: Director's Cut". Throughout the review it will be referred to as simply "Lethal Weapon 2". "Lethal Weapon 2" is a great sequel to 1987's "Lethal Weapon". "Lethal Weapon 2" there is amazing acting from "Mel Gibson" and "Patsy Kensit". The plot to this movie is good, one scene in the film is funny but is very unnecessary as well a character in the film. The special effects in this film still look real now days. And the music in this movie is so awesome. If you haven't "Lethal Weapon" or it's sequel "Lethal Weapon 2" I highly recommend watching it. I give "Lethal Weapon 2" a 8.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2013
    <i>"Dehplomatic immuniteehhh!"</i> Starting off with a bang, Donner takes the wheel and proves once again that such an unlikely likeable duo could create perfect chemistry and double the fun in this decent action thriller that makes us miss the decade of the 80s. The dose of adrenaline has been increased 150% (not quite doubled), the humor is still present but it also increased (hmmm... should I be worried?) and, unfortunately, Joss Ackland didn't prove to be a worthy new villain like Joe Pesci proved to be an awesome comedic addition. 62/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2013
    A sequel that's just as good as the first one. It's the continuation of the adventures of the likable duo of Riggs and Murtaugh. It retains everything that made the first movie great and then some. Now we have Joe Pesci playing Leo Getz, the irritating yet harmless tag along. This one even packs some more emotional punches into it, turning it into a revenge-buddy cop-thriller. In the beginning, it drops you straight into the action and doesn't lose your attention for the rest of the film, ending on an emotional yet comical note. Lethal Weapon 2 is a great sequel. Letter Grade: A
    Chris M Super Reviewer

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