Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)



Critic Consensus: Jet Li's arrival breathes fresh life into a tired franchise formula -- but not enough to put Lethal Weapon 4 on equal footing with its predecessors.

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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 smuggle families from the mainland, but this is only one item on the criminal agenda of triad leader Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li), who executes balletic martial arts maneuvers with blinding speed (fight sequences were staged by Hong Kong director Corey Yuen). The film opens with fire (when Riggs and Murtaugh encounter a flame-thrower in a bulletproof suit) and travels an entertaining popcorn plot path to a frightening, watery climax (which we won't reveal here). In between, Riggs and Murtaugh tackle the troublesome triads with an assist from wickedly witty, sharp-edged newcomer Lee Butters (Chris Rock) and private detective Leo Getz (Joe Pesci), the character first seen as a mob accountant in the second film of this highly popular series. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
R (violence, language)
Action & Adventure
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Jet Li
as Wah Sing Ku
Jack Kehler
as Man from State Department
Chris Rock
as Lee Butters
Rene Russo
as Lorna
Mel Gibson
as Martin Riggs
Danny Glover
as Roger Murtaugh
Eddy Ko
as Hong
Kim Chan
as Uncle Benny
Philip Tan
as Waiter
Richard Riehle
as INS Agent
Kenneth Jackson
as Hospital Employee
François Chau
as Four Fathers
James Lew
as Freighter Captain
Rick Hoffman
as Police Officer at Port
Mary Ellen Trainor
as Stephanie Woods
Shawn Michaels
as Detective
Traci Wolfe
as Rianne
Darlene Love
as Trish Murtaugh
Jamie Donovan
as Detective
Simon Rhee
as Thug
Dana Lee
as General
Jennie Lew Tugend
as Cheng's Receptionist
Benjamin King
as Detective
Al Sapienza
as Detective
Roland Kickinger
as Detective
Steve Kahan
as Capt. Ed Murphy
Michael Chow
as Benny's Assistant
James Oliver
as Police Officer at Port
Damon Hines
as Nick Murtaugh
Bill Henderson
as Angry Patient
Calvin Jung
as Detective Ng
Raymond Ma
as Doctor Cheng
Paul Tuerpé
as Helicopter Co-Pilot
Ebonie Smith
as Carrie Murtaugh
James W. Gavin
as Helicopter Pilot
Elizabeth Sung
as Hong's Wife
Tony Keyes
as Ng's Partner
Stephen Liska
as Detective
Jeanne Chin
as Ping's Mother
Ray Chang
as Ping's Father
Ryan C. Benson
as Construction Worker
Jeff Imada
as Thug
Stephen Kahan
as Capt. Ed Murphy
Marian Collier
as Maternity Worker
John Harms
as Detective
Craig Hosking
as Helicopter Pilot
Paul Bollen
as Detective
James Wing Woo
as Four Fathers
Edward J. Rosen
as Murtaugh's Neighbors
Jay Fiondella
as Murtaugh's Neighbors
Tim Cooney
as News Cameraman
Steven Lam
as Ping
Jessica Jann
as Little Girl
Glenn M. Friedman
as Police Officer
Jey Wada
as Master Printer
Cece Neber Labao
as Maternity Worker
Darren Peel
as Detective
Judith Woodbury
as Question Lady
Larkin Campbell
as Patrolman
Bruce Orchid
as News Crew
Sarah Sullivan
as News Reporter
Nancy Hopewell
as Patient with IV
Glenn Tannous
as Patrolman
Christina Orchid
as News Crew
Gary Hand
as Coroner's Assistant
Dan Wynands
as Human Tank
Zu-Wu Qian
as Uncle Chung
Conan Hutch Lee
as Four Fathers
Raymond May
as Four Fathers
Robin Link
as Detective
Daniel Getzoff
as Construction Worker
Theodore Toure Johnson Jr.
as Construction Worker
J. Matthew Jordan
as Murtaugh's Neighbors
Lisa Rhianna Smith
as Murtaugh's Neighbors
Joan Frasco
as Nurse
Doug Weaver
as Police Officer
Brittany Gamble
as Police Officer at Port
Wallace Gudgell
as ATF Officer
Nancy Rosenfield
as Candy Striper
Richard M. Sieker
as Motorcycle Officer
Jen Wei Chang
as Bicycle Guy
Eddy Ko
as Hong
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Critic Reviews for Lethal Weapon 4

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (13)

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.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It matters little that the film is rife with non sequiturs, nonsense and nihilistic violence, because its heroes are so darn buoyant and charming.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008
Top Critic

The climactic streetfighting clash between Mel and coldly charismatic martial arts star Jet Li is a bone-crunching classic.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One could argue about which Lethal Weapon is the best, but No. 4 is certainly the funniest, warmest and most idiosyncratic.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There's no plot worth describing, no repartee wittier than 'Oh shut up,' no acting moments that rise above the level of posing.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

Chris Miele
Chris Miele

Super Reviewer


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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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