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A variation on the "buddy-cop" hybridized genre, 48 HRS. greatly bolstered the career of Nick Nolte and made comedian Eddie Murphy a bonafide box-office sensation. When a pair of reckless cop-killers break out of prison, grizzled detective Jack Cates (Nolte) is left no alternative but to spring fast-talking hustler Reggie Hammond (Murphy) from the penitentiary in order to find the criminals. The catch: the pair only have 48 hours to complete their assignment before Hammond must return to prison. Naturally, the two despise each other and even engage in fisticuffs, but eventually the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A genuinely tetchy, risky race comedy"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The perfect buddy-cop movie! Murphy and Nolte are awesome!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Hang on for the ride."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"All in all, a superior genre piece, if not the height of Hill's artistry."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"[It] is more memorable for its characters than for its high style, more a series of energetic scenes than a collection of handsome imagery. It has life, ferocity and humor in place of icy, stylized elegance, and that seems more than a fair trade."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It remains one of the better action-comedy buddy pictures you'll find."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Fast-paced, frill-free action entertainment of the first order."
‑ , Film4
"Stands with Midnight Run as one of the all-time great mismatched buddy movies."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"A down-the-line thriller, plain, fast and efficient."
‑ , Time Out
"Violence, profanity, racial epithets in dated '80s movie."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Although dated, there is a brute edginess to this popular slice of formula odd coupling."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Ignited that whole anti-buddy genre."
‑ Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com
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