Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
Pardon me for having groaned in anticipation of what, in the full perspective-warping heat of the summer movie season, turns out to be one of the nicer blow-'em-ups around.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
- USA Today
Lethal Weapon 4 has all the technical skill of the first three movies in the series, but lacks the secret weapon, which was conviction.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Twelve years later, the franchise shows unflagging energy, inventiveness, humor. 4 rocks.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
It matters little that the film is rife with non sequiturs, nonsense and nihilistic violence, because its heroes are so darn buoyant and charming.
Leonard Klady - Variety
The relationship/humour stuff in Lethal Weapon 4 is pretty much excruciating, mawkish and inane... The second part of Lethal Weapon 044,the action sequences, are much better.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Given the expectations that constrain it, Lethal Weapon 4 is probably the best motion picture that could possibly result from another teaming of Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover).
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Mindless, sadistic violence juxtaposed with rote sentimentality: this is how Hollywood has finally solved the family-values conundrum, the question of how to entertain the blood- and sex-starved masses and be morally proactive at the same time.
- TIME Magazine
There's no plot worth describing, no repartee wittier than 'Oh shut up,' no acting moments that rise above the level of posing.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
If not for Jet Li, Lethal Weapon 4 would actually be worse than Lethal Weapon 3.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Lethal Weapon 4 throws in everything except the kitchen sink -- and that's only if you don't count the one that's destroyed along with the rest of the Murtaugh household.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
With 'Lethal Weapon 4' we find the silliest and most sentimental of the bunch.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Hong Kong action plus buddy cop formula.
Elliot Panek - Common Sense Media
Cynical and contemptuous of its audience, this lazy sequel oozes an insufferable air of self-satisfaction.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
You're best advised to put your head in the sand and avoid all three sequels.
a fine ending
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
The very definition of a meaningless, mindless summer sequel.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The climactic streetfighting clash between Mel and coldly charismatic martial arts star Jet Li is a bone-crunching classic.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
I heard audience members yelling out, 'Rewind it -- I wanna see that again!'
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A moderately entertaining entry in an overrated series that sorely lacks the hard-edged toughness director Walter Hill brought to his two superior 48 HRS films.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
Offers absolutely nothing new.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
The surreal opening scene, featuring an armor-clad flamethrower-brandishing villain, is a clear indicator that few things in this film should be taken seriously.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
a flaccid, unnecessary wrap-up to a once-glorious series ...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
No, it's not very exciting. And that's the film's big flaw.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Fourth time's the charm for the Lethal Weapon series; I say case closed and let's go out on a high note.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
The bad guy plot is dull and tiresome; the real charm of the film lies in its comedic elements and character relationships.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Let me just say, Jet Li ROCKS in the kind of American debut Jackie Chan or Chow Yun-Fat would have killed for.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Overstuffed and formulaic...
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
The performances are exceptional, Richard Donner's direction is still good, and the film is always entertaining, if unfocused.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
One could argue about which Lethal Weapon is the best, but No. 4 is certainly the funniest, warmest and most idiosyncratic.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
...audiences will laugh and cry and even chew on their fingers during the action sequences.
Lisa Osborne - Boxoffice Magazine
Explosiva, hilarante, exagerada, llamativa, enredada, cambiante, disfrutable, divertida, muy divertida.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
Although Lethal Weapon 4 is certainly the least of the series, it is a fun popcorn experience.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It delivers the action you expect from this series.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
...in their 'bigger and louder is better' zeal, he[Donner] and series co-creator Shane Black have all but forgotten how to tell a coherent story and create sympathetic characters.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
While the action interludes are impressively staged and edited, they strain for originality...
Andrew Collins - Empire Magazine
You know what makes this film eminently more watchable than the last in the series? Two words: Jet Li.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
There's all kinds of quirks and tidbits that are worth smiling at, but nothing like the original movies, really.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
I could only recommend this for serious fans of the series.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
All icing, no cake.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Channing Gibson wrote the screenplay, and three other writers are credited with the story, which is surprising since there isn't much of a story.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Not so much a continuation of the series as it is a present for the fans, just to keep them smiling and laughing along with the characters.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
You can relax and let the good guys dazzle with stunts and thrills...
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
More often than not it, seems like a pale retread of its predecessors.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
...I think the script by television writer Channing Gibson (no relation) is the funniest of them all.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Not only is the franchise growing hoary, by now it's become downright laughable, leaving Lethal Weapon 4 feeling more like a bad Fox sitcom than anything else.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
I started checking my watch after forty minutes.
Cheryl DeWolfe - Apollo Guide
Even in this fourth go-round, the magic and charm is definitely still there.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Gag sequences run on too long, some character scenes end too abruptly, and most of the action is completely redundant.
David Luty - Film Journal International
The plot is really just an excuse for some wild stunts and flashy martial arts demonstrations, and Lethal Weapon 4 doesn't compromise on either.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
A highly charged action adventure/comedy drama.
Chris Bumbray - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
The ultimate example of a paycheck movie.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
No longer lethal, Detective Riggs is a crotchety middle-aged weapon now
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Pretty hideous entry into the Lethal Weapon oeuvre...
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
- E! Online
About four times as good as you'd expect.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
A combination of good-natured humor, slapstick, violence and even some maudlin sentimentality.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Just another buddy movie about a pair of cops trying to get the bad guys so they can go home and relax with their loved ones.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
The franchise itself is now, alas, getting too old for this, er, stuff.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
In short, it's a mess, albeit a weirdly entertaining mess...
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Crass, vulgar, childish, ultraviolent, profane, stupid and appealing to the lowest common denominator of movie audiences. And yet...
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews