Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 40
  2. Negative: 24 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Feb 26, 2013
    16
    The entire enterprise is a bewildering mess, put in place only to frustrate and alienate anyone who buys a ticket. Every action scene is telegraphed, and most of the dialogue is irrevocably stupid.
  2. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Feb 18, 2013
    40
    I hesitate to ask, but did anyone actually tell McClane, before he arrived, that the Cold War is over?
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 16, 2013
    10
    For anyone who remembers the "Die Hard" adventures at their vital and exciting best, this film feels like a near-death experience.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Feb 16, 2013
    42
    At this point, "Die Hard" no longer describes the franchise. It describes the fans who are still willing to turn out for the noise and nonsense.
  5. 20
    A Good Day to Die Hard is the opposite of a labor of love. It has no good lines, no crackerjack fights, and only one mildly orgasmic revenge killing. It will satisfy no one — high-, low-, or middlebrow. Die Hard is finally in its death throes.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 14, 2013
    50
    For all its mayhem, for all the smashing windows and kabooming fireballs, the grenade launchers and giant helicopters, A Good Day to Die Hard not only fails to top its predecessors, it also forgets the basic Die Hard rules.
  7. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 14, 2013
    50
    We have entered generic action movie territory and the idiosyncrasies that made the series special at the outset have been leeched out, papered over, or turned into obligatory inserts.
  8. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Feb 14, 2013
    40
    I don't think it knows where it's going. I'm not even sure it cares.
  9. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Feb 14, 2013
    40
    “That was exciting!” says Willis after he and Courtney survive a 20-storey leap through a plate glass window. “Want to go again?” Frankly, Bruce, we’re fine to leave it here.
  10. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Feb 14, 2013
    30
    The absence of a single noteworthy villain is perhaps this movie’s most salient flaw (along with the jumbled, barely coherent editing of a seemingly endless chase through a Moscow traffic jam).
  11. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Feb 14, 2013
    37
    Both assaultive and tiresome, A Good Day to Die Hard barely registers on the action movie Richter scale. It goes bang, it goes boom, and then it blessedly goes away.
  12. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Feb 14, 2013
    40
    A few reasonable action sequences are mired in family soap, making this A Good Day To Call It Quits.
  13. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 14, 2013
    38
    There are two problems with A Good Day to Die Hard: It’s terribly filmed and nothing in it makes any sense.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 14, 2013
    50
    If there is to be a sequel to this thudding slab of cacophony, why not just go all the way and make John McClane a superhero?
  15. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Feb 14, 2013
    25
    Time to give the shoot-’em-up thing a rest, guys: It’s tired and played out, and so are you.
  16. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 14, 2013
    20
    Pretty much three well-staged action sequences strung together with the dumbest imaginable connective tissue.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 14, 2013
    25
    Ah jeez. I actually wanted this one to be good. Or at least decent. Or at least a reminder of what got us all fired up about the first Die Hard in 1988. But A Good Day To Die Hard, the fifth in a creatively exhausted series, is total crap.
  18. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 13, 2013
    42
    Until now, the sequels have gotten away with the cynical franchising of John McClane, but A Good Day To Die Hard, the worst entry in the series by far, exposes the hollowness and stupidity of McClane 2.0.
  19. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Feb 13, 2013
    30
    It’s the lamest and most vacant of the quintet — though if you mistakenly think you’re buying a ticket to a demolition derby instead of a night at the movies, you’ll feel right at home.
  20. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Feb 13, 2013
    63
    Far more than most action stars getting on in years, Bruce Willis has aged nicely into the role. Maybe it’s that shaved pate of his, a bullet-head that still looks primed for any chamber.
  21. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 13, 2013
    38
    Like the Bond movies, the "Die Hard" films thrive on brilliantly wicked villains. In this edition, we barely know which bad guy is the main bad guy. The script is filled with heavy-handed dialogue about parents and their children, framed by well choreographed but generic action sequences.
  22. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Feb 13, 2013
    10
    The movie is constructed like a window some kid broke and then tried to glue back together.
  23. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 13, 2013
    38
    The best thing about A Good Day to Die Hard is its title.
  24. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Feb 13, 2013
    30
    A Good Day to Die Hard plays like an extended victory lap for star Bruce Willis and the entire "Die Hard" franchise. Not surprising, but not overwhelmingly entertaining either.
  25. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 13, 2013
    42
    The fifth edition of the franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, is the brawniest and most brainless of the bunch.
  26. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Feb 13, 2013
    40
    Australian actor Courtney does the honors as the younger McClane, skillfully matching Willis in action sequences, one-liners, and more extended repartee.
  27. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 13, 2013
    38
    Isn't just the weakest of the "Die Hard" pictures; it's a lousy action movie on its own terms.
  28. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Feb 13, 2013
    33
    A Good Day To Die Hard isn’t dead on arrival because that would suggest it has a pulse.
  29. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 13, 2013
    20
    We’re a long way from this shoot-’em-up franchise’s John McTiernan–helmed heyday. Willis gives one of his laziest ever performances, leadenly tossing off each quip (“I’m on vacation!” is the most abused) and acting like he’s passing a kidney stone during the bathetic father-son bonding scenes.
  30. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 13, 2013
    30
    Unfortunately, John Moore has directed these sequences in a way that makes the incidents look so far-fetched and essentially unsurvivable that you can only laugh.
  31. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 13, 2013
    25
    It has a weak story that provides no tension, feeling or interest. Its opening action sequence is just a long, drawn-out dud, filmed by director John Moore in the worst modern style of quick cuts and smeary, jittery photography.
  32. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    Willis still packs that rapscallion charm, balancing his wisecracking, reluctant-hero shtick with the unstoppable, all-American quality that earned the original film its title. But the chemistry between him and Courtney is nonexistent, with the younger thesp, who makes co-star Cole Hauser look expressive, adding so little to the equation, one can only hope the studio doesn't plan to pass the franchise on to him.
  33. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    In the way of workaday flicks built around long-in-the-tooth badasses, Die Hard 5 leaves room for McClane to make a few jokes about his thinning hair and to rue that he wasn't a better father when his kids were growing up. Oh, boo-hoo.
  34. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 13, 2013
    20
    Ultimately, even more than 2007’s “Live Free or Die Hard,” “Good Day” never lets McClane be McClane. Gone is his taunting snark and quick-witted preparedness; instead he seems like a jerk with a thing for guns.
  35. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Feb 13, 2013
    38
    Loud and tedious, “Die Hard 5” is a shaky-cam/Sensuround blast of bullets and bombs, digital explosions and death defying feats of defying death.
  36. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 13, 2013
    25
    Actually, Bruce, what stinks is the script — which is woefully lacking the kind of one-liners and memorable bad guys that helped make working-class hero McClane so iconic he’s still around after 25 years. Even the action sequences are pretty much by the numbers this time.
  37. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    To paraphrase a classic of Reagan-era cinema, A Good Day to Die Hard is a bad day to stop sniffing glue.
  38. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 13, 2013
    30
    Everything that made the first “Die Hard” memorable — the nuances of character, the political subtext, the cowboy wit — has been dumbed down or scrubbed away entirely.
  39. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    While some of the sequels have been entertaining enough, A Good Day to Die Hard signals that it may be a better day for John McClane to retire.
  40. Reviewed by: John Semley
    Feb 13, 2013
    25
    The film feels like it was reverse-engineered from its "Yippee Ki-Yay Mother Russia" tagline, a wholly generic international actioner barely distinguished by the presence of Bruce Willis's banner hero.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 419 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 134
  2. Negative: 53 out of 134
  1. Feb 14, 2013
    5
    It really pains me to say this, but A Good Day to Die Hard is a muddled, occasionally frustrating affair. As good as Bruce Willis continues to be as John McClane, and as fun as the action sequences are, it clashes with ugly cinematography, an unremarkable premise, and a VERY vanilla performance by Jai Courtney, with Willis often having to be pushed to the back. As it stands it's an okay action film, but it's the weak link in the Die Hard chain. Full Review »
  2. Feb 16, 2013
    3
    I love the die hard movies. They are usually on the cutting edge of new action movies combined with a classic romanticist age character, but this one fell flat. It did not have a good story that didn't really make sense and people just would die for no reason. It was just... crap. Full Review »
  3. Feb 15, 2013
    8
    This movie is a lot of fun. Great action sequences, especially the extensive chase scene on Moscow freeways.

    I'm not sure which movie the
    haters went to see. The story was surprisingly good, there were competent plot surprises. It just worked. It was entertaining, and well worth seeing. I will be buying it once it comes out. Full Review »