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
You're best advised to put your head in the sand and avoid all three sequels.
Cynical and contemptuous of its audience, this lazy sequel oozes an insufferable air of self-satisfaction.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
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
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
In short, it's a mess, albeit a weirdly entertaining mess...
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
The franchise itself is now, alas, getting too old for this, er, stuff.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Crass, vulgar, childish, ultraviolent, profane, stupid and appealing to the lowest common denominator of movie audiences. And yet...
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
...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