Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Walter Hill, the director of such beautiful but stilted tough guy movies as ''The Warriors'' and ''The Long Riders,'' has attempted something very different in 48 Hours a male-buddy action film that's positively witty and warm-hearted compared with his other work.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    80
    That the fact they come to appreciate one other, the grudging respect of a million clichés, feels so satisfyingly, shows just how successful the film is.
  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.
  8. 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]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. May 6, 2014
    6
    No one in "48 Hrs." seems to have a brain or any common sense whatsoever, and the movie has no respect for women and is tastelessly sexist. It's just dumb, clichéd, genre fare that's somewhat entertaining. Full Review »
  3. 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 !!!! Full Review »