Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    90
    Crass, broad, irreverent, wacky fun - and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.
  2. 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]
  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. 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. 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]
  6. 80
    You have the right to remain silent. But if you do, call 911 -- your funny bone is busted. [2 Dec 1988]
  7. 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. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Bottom-line funny, often convulsively so. [2 Dec 1988]
  9. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    70
    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.
  10. 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]
  11. Not quite up to "Airplane!" or "Top Secret!," but there are still laughs aplenty.
  12. 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. 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 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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 the ground in tears. Full Review »
  2. 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 you expected solid character studies, emotional depth, or Oscar-caliber performances, than you're watching the wrong movie. Full Review »
  3. Feb 22, 2014
    9
    Absolutely hilarious, just like Airplane. The Naked Gun is a joke a minute satire that may be based around dirty jokes and gags, but it is entirely fantastic. It is a tad over the top, but that is the point. Much like Airplane, the pace is very very fast, especially when it comes to jokes, which leaves you laughing continously and having to pause the movie to stop laughing and catch your breath briefly. The great part about a comedy like this is that the plot is irrelevant. They try to establish one, of course, but really, it does not matter. The jokes cover up any type of plot and any cliches are entirely intentional. This and Airplane are clear pinnacles of comedy. Full Review »