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Awesome: 15.04%
Worth A Look: 17.7%
Pretty Bad: 27.43%
Total Crap: 7.96%

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Lethal Weapon 4
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by Chris Parry

"Look out for Lethal Weapon 5, starring Chris Rock and David Spade"
2 stars

A tired theme, tired actors, a tired director, some big stunts, a $35m pay-cheque, a new partner and more Pesci.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster?
Nah. Just more of the same. It's a cop movie, it's a buddy movie, they're still too old for this shit, they're still hanging with that whacky Pesci, they're still fighting villains of foreign persuasions (because Americans can't be super-villains, right?) and they always bounce off the bullets.

You know what makes this film eminantly more watchable than the last in the series? Two words. Jet Li. I could watch that scary-ass motherfucker all day. He's an imposing as hell villain, a real star in the making. Eyes of ice n'shit.

Chris Rock is the new partner in the gig, and he's not too foul, but not really necessary for any other reason than to provide an excuse to do it all again in Lethal Weapon 5. Rene Russo has never looked more haggard, and adds nothing to the mix. Danny Glover hangs on for dear life and Mel, well he's just Mel.

And then there's Pesci. Y'know, it's nice that he's still keeping the bills paid and all, but really, couldn't they just have a benefit dinner for him and save us having to watch the "okay okay okay okay" stuff again? I mean, who let him out of jail after Gone Fishin'?

Having said all that, there's enough Jet Li and mindless action in this film to make it watchable, more for the stunts than story, and a little bit of humor thrown in that doesn't fall down on it's ass.

It's harmless. You know it's crap, the studio knows you know, and looking at what they put on screen and absolute non attention to dialogue involved in the final product, you know they know you know.

It's all very confusing. It's all very mind-numbing. But it's not a bad way to spend two hours if you're bored.

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User Comments

2/14/15 Lisa H Much better than 3, with some of the brutal violence the first two had. 4 stars
3/05/10 Robert Overall, my personal order of the Lethal Weapon movies from best to worst is: 2, 1, 4, 3. 5 stars
2/17/10 Reality of Films Not as good as the first two, but still a very strong end to the series. 5 stars
10/23/09 the dork knight Disappointed that Jet Li's brother wasn't Jackie Chan. He looked like him from afar. 3 stars
8/29/09 Jeff Wilder Gets the job done. But feels like they went back to the well one time too many. 3 stars
8/04/08 Farnsy My second favourite in the franchise! 4 stars
1/06/08 Jeff Anderson The weakest of the series. However, the freeway chase(Donner's a master!!)is truly amazing! 2 stars
1/08/07 action movie fan great thrills and action--jet li is sensational-agreat chapter in the series 5 stars
3/06/06 Anthony Feor Amazing stunts and evrything, but why so late 4 stars
8/30/05 ES Loved the whole series 4 stars
5/27/05 tony Chris Parry is a gaylord! This was a great way to end the series,with the chinese 4 stars
12/05/04 Kristina Williams everyone at their most annoying 2 stars
8/30/04 Captain Obvously... That\\\'s my name. Chinease Triads... WOW! 5 stars
6/08/04 PAYNE My Fav! 5 stars
12/07/03 john great action and a wonderful ending - they are not too old for this shit! know the rest 5 stars
10/26/03 rat assed mutha shiter loved the film, me and the miss did 2 5 stars
7/31/03 omar "surfur" youssef Murtah is "getting too old for this shit." Briggs is still crazy. God, let this end NOW! 2 stars
6/09/03 The Chronic yes, because the first 3 were SOOO cool. White trash movies rock! 1 stars
5/20/03 mr. Pink An improvement on the horrible third movie. Especially Rock & Li provide most of the fun. 3 stars
3/25/03 Emelie GREAT! 5 stars
3/20/03 Jack Sommersby Loud, obnoxious, and just plain tired stuff. 2 stars
12/11/02 Piyush pandey Leathel 1 stars
9/27/02 Tom Fleeman They slid a bit on this one, but still good. 4 stars
4/28/02 Butterbean They just didn't give a shit anymore. At least Jet Li kept me entertained. 2 stars
12/06/01 KMG Too many "family talks"...I thought they were getting old but geesh! 2 stars
11/29/01 The $1.98 Pyramid Gibson had doubts about this, so was I. 3 stars
10/19/01 Andrew Carden A Few Fairly Good Action Scenes Are Totally Destoryed By A Really Stupid Comeback. 2 stars
10/10/01 jawsboy funny but too much comedy. great action and photography, bad script. maybe the worst??. 4 stars
9/19/01 Sam Leathel Weapons are the best movies of all time BIOOOOTCH!!!! 2 stars
8/19/01 Edwin Menguin I'm getting too old for this TOTAL FUCKIN' SMELLY LICKABLE SHITE 1 stars
8/19/01 Babybelle Boo-hoo,where's Riggs gone! Bring me back the crazy man..... 3 stars
8/09/01 E-Funk Far better than the 3rd installment. Jet Li is amazing. One of the funnier 'Weapons' 4 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) THE BEST "LETHAL WEAPON" MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/10/01 M Mel Gibson beautiful! 5 stars
5/14/01 fifu a very good return to the series jet li is amazing 4 stars
4/16/01 LiL I loved this! The fire scene in the beginning was just great! 5 stars
4/02/01 Nick Since LW1, the films have had a grip on America for a reason - they're fun fluff 5 stars
12/07/00 Cristopher Revilla these guys ARE too old for this shit!!! they should make a TV series, still it was okay 3 stars
11/27/00 The Evil Penguin the worst of the trilogy 2 stars
10/21/00 Jed This is actually a fine sequel almost as good as the original. 4 stars
10/18/00 Dan Better than expected but still junk. Russo and Pesci shouldn't be in this shite. 1 stars
8/11/00 Jason Kallelis I actually liked this one the most, not sure why, maybe because it was the first I saw. 5 stars
7/19/00 Naushad Khanji A huge muddled,noisy and lousy film. 1 stars
4/12/00 Bruce Not as good as part 2, but it has some very good moments 4 stars
2/09/00 Richard Wright Suprisingly good for a third sequel, but soon our duo WILL be too old for this shit. 3 stars
1/21/00 movieman entertaining 5 stars
12/18/99 SID How can this be so campy, and have the most over-the-top violent ending of the series? 3 stars
11/04/99 Mickey "Father Death" MacJohnstmyster Give it up Donner ,money that should have been spent making Goonies 2 . 1 stars
7/04/99 J-Dogg My uncle dragged me to see this shit twice and I regret it. Tries too hard to be funny. 2 stars
4/07/99 Michael Grimm that chinese dude made chan look like a pussy 3 stars
4/04/99 Jeff not realistic, but entertianing 4 stars
2/23/99 Piz Gibson vs. Li, very hard to vote for the good guy,we've done this before, 3 times. 3 stars
2/11/99 Melissa Rock has a nothing role, Li is very convincing. See it to say you've seen all 4. 3 stars
12/15/98 paulstanley aren't these two ready for retirement yet..old is old 1 stars
11/25/98 Mr.Pink Better than the last one 3 stars
11/08/98 Mike F it was ok. not as good as the others. 3 stars
11/04/98 The Dude I thought it ruled, but I think it wasen't the best. 5 stars
11/02/98 MR HOLLYWOOD !! ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz, MEL FUCKIN SUX,PESCI RULES cause his italian of course...... 2 stars
10/29/98 zenball Liked Li's 'Tai Chi Master' better 2 stars
10/24/98 grunter Fuck Mel and Danny; GIVE JET-LI HIS OWN STARRING VEHICLE!! NOW!! 2 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo These guys cruised through the whole movie. Thank God for Jet Li. 2 stars
10/18/98 Sailor Moon Ate My Balls More comedy and action! What a blast! 4 stars
10/14/98 Alex F. Jet Li kicks ass. Might be his worst movie, but he still kicks ass. 4 stars
9/29/98 Marty in St.Louis If I gotta hear anymore of Glover & Gibson's "witty banter" I will need a gun. 1 stars
9/25/98 Foxgirl Hilarious.Definately a "pop-corn movie". 4 stars
9/23/98 ShadowStar© If you liked 2 and 3, you won't be disappointed. Same schtick, different flick. :-) 4 stars
9/20/98 Chip Taylor Best Lethal yet!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/18/98 {{{OZ}}} Tired tired tired 2 stars
9/16/98 N. Davis It wasn't the best movie I've seen, but I enjoyed it. I love to watch Mel in these films. 4 stars
9/15/98 Negative Creep Like an episode of the Cosby Show with bullets flying by. 3 stars
9/14/98 Rob Sinelli HELL YEH! MEL FOREVER! 4 stars
9/14/98 Chip Taylor The Best lethal weapon yet. Good explosive scenes. And some humor. So ... see it. 5 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball For the stupider folks in the audience. 2 stars
8/20/98 The Man With The Helmet Jet Li, out of control good. Joe Pesci, banish him to movie-jail. 2 stars
8/20/98 CC go, if just to see Chris Rock rant about the floor 4 stars
8/18/98 VioLenT BoB Go To See Jet Li....He's Amazing. 3 stars
8/16/98 Johny Could have used more time in development, but OK 3 stars
8/15/98 Schmeekins Bah, why bother? 1 stars
8/15/98 Matt Maybe its cuz I saw it with family, but I couldn't wait for it to end. 2 stars
8/14/98 f*r*o*s*t*y Chris Rock made it worth seeing, if nothing else. 4 stars
8/13/98 {{OZ}} For the feeble-minded, but painless enough 3 stars
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  10-Jul-1998 (R)
  DVD: 03-Feb-2004


  10-Sep-1998 (M)

Directed by
  Richard Donner

Written by
  Jonathon Lemkin
  Alfred Gough
  Miles Millar

  Mel Gibson
  Danny Glover
  Jet Li
  Rene Russo
  Chris Rock
  Joe Pesci

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