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.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What makes the movie special is how it's made. Nolte and Murphy are good, and their dialogue is good, too - quirky and funny.
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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.
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80

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
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.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
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]
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70

Variety

48Hrs. is a very efficient action entertainment which serves as a showy motion picture debut for Eddie Murphy.
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70

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
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."
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40

Time

By Richard Schickel
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.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.