Lethal Weapon
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L.A. cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), whose wife has recently died, is a loose cannon with a seeming death wish. This makes him indispensable in collaring dangerous criminals, but a liability to any potential partners. Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), a conservative family man who wants to stay alive for his upcoming 50th birthday, is partnered with Riggs. As Riggs gets to know Murtaugh and his family, he begins to mellow, though his insistence on using guerilla tactics to catch criminals is still (put mildly) above and beyond the call of duty. The main villain is The General (Mitchell Ryan), a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At center is the first big, juicy mythic-hero part Gibson has had since Mad Max."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"From a distance, Lethal Weapon might appear generic, but a closer look reveals something special."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"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."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Mismatched cops spar in violent '80s action hit."
‑ Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
"The story, which proceeds with inevitability, is enlivened by Donner's rousing action sequences."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"What a concept! Mad Max meets The Cosby Show"
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Implausibility is a large part of the entertainment in this romp par excellence, with each overblown set piece becoming ever more ludicrous."
‑ John Marriott, Radio Times
"What does it say that I loved it as a boy of fourteen?"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A phenomenally successful, noisy, violent buddy movie."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Johanna Steinmetz, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Thanks to a peculiar chemistry and a terrific script, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover lift this movie above mere TV-cop fodder."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"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."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"the best buddycop film ever"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
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