48 HRS
48 HRS (1982)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 8, 1982
DVD Release Date: January 26, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Marking an auspicious feature film debut for Eddie Murphy, 48 Hrs. is a briskly paced action comedy that succeeds largely due to the outstanding chemistry between its two leads.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Violence, profanity, racial epithets in dated '80s movie.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

All in all, a superior genre piece, if not the height of Hill's artistry.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

[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.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A genuinely tetchy, risky race comedy

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Time Out

A down-the-line thriller, plain, fast and efficient.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a rather disappointing buddy comedy.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It remains one of the better action-comedy buddy pictures you'll find.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This is yet another formulaic action film from the overblown eighties, complete with naked broads, gunplay, and a maniacal killer. Much like other eighties… More
Aj V
An average cop movie, it does have some funny scenes because of Murphy, but otherwise it's not that good.
Ken Stachnik
I feel REALLY late to the party on this one. Good, but nothing spectacular. To be fair this movie has been copied, parodied, and ripped-off so much it's… More
Conner Rainwater
There's really no denying that this is a fun buddy cop movie. Actually, next to Lethal Weapon it's probably the best. The chemistry between Nick Nolte… More
Shawn Ewing
A great action comedy film about a partnership between a cop and a convict as they try to bring down a cop killer. The combination between Murphy and Nolte is… More
Al S
A awesomely entertaining action film that's powerful and wickedly funny. It proves action flicks can be serious and humorous all at the same time. A guilty… More