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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

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  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 !!!!
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71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  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: 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.
  3. 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.