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  • Summary: Riggs wows the pretties of a hotel spa before getting to Getz. Murtaugh receives bad bodywork news from an auto repairman after his beleaguered station wagon sees some Riggs-piloted street action. Plus, feisty Leo shares a newly included scene in which he recalls a suspect's address byRiggs wows the pretties of a hotel spa before getting to Getz. Murtaugh receives bad bodywork news from an auto repairman after his beleaguered station wagon sees some Riggs-piloted street action. Plus, feisty Leo shares a newly included scene in which he recalls a suspect's address by complex spins of numbers that, well, no one can tell it like Leo. And no one would follow his lead but Riggs and Murtaugh. It's police procedure, Lethal style. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Piantadosi
    90
    But no, Lethal Weapon 2 is no artless, autopiloted waste of precious movie-theater air conditioning. It's fun stuff -- crackling, playfully escapist summer fare that doesn't make you feel taken advantage of later.
  2. 88
    Lethal Weapon 2 is that rarity - a sequel with most of the same qualities as the original. I walked into the movie with a certain dread. But this is a film with the same off-center invention and wild energy as the original.
  3. The movie overall may be routine, but Donner gives it some spark and polish.
  4. Reviewed by: Anne Thompson
    80
    Unlike most sequels Lethal Weapon 2 is neither predictable nor conventional. It's just pumped full of juice.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Sitting through Lethal Weapon 2 is like dating a jackhammer. It's a slick, cynical, high-speed assembly line of car chases, jokes, sex, explosions and blood. [41 Jul 1989, p.41]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    75
    Returning director Richard Donner seems to have smoothed over the few stylistic rough edges remaining from the earlier film to deliver here two hours of pure, breathless, high-impact entertainment.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    40
    That first movie raised the craft of torture to a low art. Expect no less in LW2, directed by Richard Donner and written by Jeffrey Boam. This installment features a surfboard decapitation, death by carpenter's nail gun, a bomb wired to a very sensitive seat ( and reduction of the Afrikaaner diaspora by about one-half. (24July 1989, p.53)

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  1. Mar 3, 2012
    9
    Lethal Weapon 2 represents the rarest of rare Hollywood enigmas: the superior sequel. It's tighter, funnier and more memorable, which isLethal Weapon 2 represents the rarest of rare Hollywood enigmas: the superior sequel. It's tighter, funnier and more memorable, which is impressive given that the original was already well paced, funny and full of memorable moments. Take a trip back to the 80's and watch these two excellent action flicks but skip the later two sequels/money grabs. Expand
  2. Dec 30, 2012
    8
    Lethal Weapon 2 is a marginally superior sequel. The chemistry between the leads is dynamite as usual and Joe Pesci brings new comedicLethal Weapon 2 is a marginally superior sequel. The chemistry between the leads is dynamite as usual and Joe Pesci brings new comedic elements to the mix. Lethal Weapon 2 makes for a memorable slice of 80's action. Expand

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