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  • Summary: Detective Jack Cates (Nolte) takes convict Reggie Hammond (Murphy) out of jail for forty-eight hours to solve a case.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 88
    What makes the movie special is how it's made. Nolte and Murphy are good, and their dialogue is good, too - quirky and funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    Together Cates and Hammond take a thrill-a-minute trip through the San Francisco underworld and along the way develop one of the 1980s' more interesting cinematic buddy pairings.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    80
    That the fact they come to appreciate one other, the grudging respect of a million clich├ęs, feels so satisfyingly, shows just how successful the film is.
  4. A quick and clever thriller as nasty as a piece of shrapnel snapping the sound barrier, 48 Hrs. is as violent as it is funny. It is very funny. [03 Dec 1982]
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    48Hrs. is a very efficient action entertainment which serves as a showy motion picture debut for Eddie Murphy.
  6. 70
    The film is still an entertaining and invigorating thriller, with a structure and some curious sexual overtones that suggest Howard Hawks's "A Girl in Every Port."
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    40
    Neither jokes nor fast, flashy action can completely distract audiences from the failure to establish an authentic, rather than a purely conventional connection between Nolte and Murphy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 31, 2010
    9
    An Eddie Murphy classic. Is this movie going to change the way we view life??? No. But it will keep you laughing and nervous at the same time and that is a delicate balance, one highly underrated. I like to rate films within their genre. And for its genre it is at least a 9 !!!! Expand
  2. Jan 13, 2014
    5
    Eh, it was ok. Certainly not as funny as other Eddie Murphy 80's hits "Trading Places" or "Beverly Hills Cop", but it certainly has a few laughs. The story is pretty weak and is really what holds this one back a lot. Expand

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