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  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What makes the movie special is how it's made. Nolte and Murphy are good, and their dialogue is good, too - quirky and funny. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 75
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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] show more

  • 80
    Empire

    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. show more

  • 80
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 70
    Variety

    48Hrs. is a very efficient action entertainment which serves as a showy motion picture debut for Eddie Murphy. show more

  • 70
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    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." show more

  • 40
    Richard Schickel Time

    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. show more

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