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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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Critic Reviews

  1. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Desson Thomson
    90
    More juvenile than a Mel Brooks movie, wittier than "Get Smart," almost as low as "Animal House" and close to the laugh count of "Airplane!", "Gun" is a loving parody of every cop show that ever syndicated its way to your living room. [2 Dec 1988]
  2. 90
    Crass, broad, irreverent, wacky fun - and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.
  3. 88
    Reviewing The Naked Gun... is like reporting on a monologue by Rodney Dangerfield - you can get the words but not the music.
  4. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    88
    Hugely funny, but it's also liberating-precisely because it centers its aim on that cold, closed system and blows it apart. The straight lines are shattered; the empty spaces in the images are packed full until they burst. [2 Dec 1988]
  5. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    80
    You have the right to remain silent. But if you do, call 911 -- your funny bone is busted. [2 Dec 1988]
  6. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    80
    In the years since he first played Drebin, Nielsen has deepened the role, made it more subtle, more universal, more paramount. He's brought out an almost preternatural mellowness in a character who began as a relatively uncomplicated dimwit. [2 Dec 1988]
  7. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    75
    You don't walk out thinking or feeling anything in particular, except satisfied that you got your money's worth and maybe even got a little tired from laughing so hard. [2 Dec 1988]
  8. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Bottom-line funny, often convulsively so. [2 Dec 1988]
  9. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    70
    It will help if, while watching The Naked Gun, viewers can assume a mental age of about 14. The jokes will seem fresher that way, and they will also, much to the writers' credit, seem screamingly funny at times. [2 Dec 1988, p.C16]
  10. Not quite up to "Airplane!" or "Top Secret!," but there are still laughs aplenty.
  11. A continuous stream of verbal and visual gags that come so fast, you don't have time to realize how bad/old/corny they are.
  12. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: David Sterritt
    63
    The action isn't as consistently funny or surprising this time, but there's a lot of laughter to be found between the merely crude moments. [2 Dec 1988]
  13. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    Like the ZAZ lads' other films, this is a movie made for a VCR Saturday night. They supply the jokes; you bring the microwave popcorn and modest expectations. [12 Dec 1988]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Nov 28, 2012
    10
    Unequivocally the greatest of its kind, "The Naked Gun" is a gut-busting satire with just enough crass gags to make you want to roll on theUnequivocally the greatest of its kind, "The Naked Gun" is a gut-busting satire with just enough crass gags to make you want to roll on the ground in tears. Full Review »
  2. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    Absolutely fantastic film, at some moments I was gasping for air that I was laughing so hard, I loved this one so much that I decided to watchAbsolutely fantastic film, at some moments I was gasping for air that I was laughing so hard, I loved this one so much that I decided to watch the whole trilogy of the Naked Gun.
    A great and hilarious film that I would most definitely recommend.
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  3. Mar 28, 2014
    8
    The Naked Gun, in essence, provides us with hilarious entertainment for 85 minutes. That's about all of the purpose of this movie. If youThe Naked Gun, in essence, provides us with hilarious entertainment for 85 minutes. That's about all of the purpose of this movie. If you expected solid character studies, emotional depth, or Oscar-caliber performances, than you're watching the wrong movie. Full Review »