Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon (1987)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 6, 1987
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The most successful installment in a phenomenally successful series, Lethal Weapon helped redefine action movies for the 1980s and 1990s.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Unfortunately, while Black's assembled all the parts, he's not locked in the conflict early enough, and the good scenes simply aren't enough good to make up for the plot's too-late lock.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The story, which proceeds with inevitability, is enlivened by Donner's rousing action sequences.

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

[Gibson and Glover] make a great team, and some of their early adventures are exciting. But the film runs out of gas as it turns into an extended chase sequence.

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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

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.

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John Marriott
Radio Times

Implausibility is a large part of the entertainment in this romp par excellence, with each overblown set piece becoming ever more ludicrous.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

At center is the first big, juicy mythic-hero part Gibson has had since Mad Max.

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James Berardinelli

From a distance, Lethal Weapon might appear generic, but a closer look reveals something special.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Thanks to a peculiar chemistry and a terrific script, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover lift this movie above mere TV-cop fodder.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
This movie opens with the classic Christmas song [i]Jingle Bell Rock[/i] by Bobby Helms. Yes that's right this classic action flick could also be… More
Melvin White
Roger Murtaugh: I'm too old for this shit!  "If these two can learn to stand each other... the bad guys don't stand a chance." Lethal… More
Chris Miele
The movie that changed how we see action movies. It's a movie that showed that we can have our cake and eat it too. Not only does it have clever dialogue… More
Candy Rose
Excellent action movie. Great cast and chemistry between Mel and Danny. One cop is near retirement and one is a loose cannon.
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Irresistible with brilliant chemistry shared between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover,… More
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A veteran detective is paired up with a burnt out cop with a death wish when investigating the murder of the daughter of one of his old Vietnam war buddies.… More