Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)80The film is all fast action, noisy stunts and huge, often unflattering close-ups, but it packs an undeniable wallop.Full Review » 10 years ago
Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)A pistol-packing, snap-crackling blow-out.
Richard Harrington Washington Post (Top Critic)A vivid, visceral reminder of just how exciting an action film can be.
Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)100I'm a guy who is bored by shootouts and chase scenes. I've seen it all. But this movie thrilled me from beginning to end.
Pat Graham Chicago Reader (Top Critic)Empty glitz in search of a style.
Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)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.
James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)88From a distance, Lethal Weapon might appear generic, but a closer look reveals something special.Full Review » 4 years ago
Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)What a concept! Mad Max meets The Cosby Show Full Review » 5 years ago
Walter Chaw Film Freak Central
What does it say that I loved it as a boy of fourteen?
Full Review » 9 months ago
Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review » 11 months ago
Elliot Panek Common Sense Media
Mismatched cops spar in violent '80s action hit.
Full Review » 2 years ago
A phenomenally successful, noisy, violent buddy movie.
Stefan Birgir Stefansson sbs.is
the best buddycop film ever
Gavin Bainbridge Empire Magazine
The pace never slows, the jokes never miss and the stunts never disappoint in this macho-dream of an actioner.
TV Guide's Movie Guide
Gibson is truly frightening as the cop about to go into orbit, and Glover is a standout as the down-to-earth lawman with very much to lose.
Full Review » 6 years ago
JoBlo JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Granted, the film doesn't feature the most interesting story-line to come across a movie screen, but that doesn't matter all that much because we're having a whole bunch of fun watching the chemistry between Glover and Gibson...
Geoff Andrew Time Out
In this classy all-action thriller, Mel Gibson oozes charm the way his victims ooze blood.
Admittedly, it pretty cool to see Martin Riggs burst through the door the second the bad guy says "There's no more heroes left in the world" despite having just recieved brutal electric shock torture that will leave you cringing with shooting discomfort.
Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
[VIDEO ESSAY] Screenwriter Shane Black's approach to creating unconventional characters for "Lethal Weapon" created a new template for the buddy movie genre, which dates back to the silent era of Laurel and Hardy.
Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily
The best in an overrated series thanks to Gibson's intense performance as a suicidal cop.
Jake Euker F5 (Wichita, KS)
Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Daniel M. Kimmel Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com