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[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.
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.
New York Times:
The film is all fast action, noisy stunts and huge, often unflattering close-ups, but it packs an undeniable wallop.
From a distance, Lethal Weapon might appear generic, but a closer look reveals something special.
I'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.
What a concept! Mad Max meets The Cosby Show</i.. What a surprise! It works better than a fastidious mind might imagine.
In this classy all-action thriller, Mel Gibson oozes charm the way his victims ooze blood.
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.