Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Harper Barnes
    Feb 11, 2013
    100
    Die Hard 2, which is far and away the best of the big summer action pictures, is an almost perfect blend of suspense, thrills, human drama and, perhaps most important, comedy. [6 July 1990, p.3F]
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 11, 2013
    100
    Die Hard 2 is a huge movie done right. [3 July 1990, p.E1]
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Scott
    Feb 11, 2013
    88
    The deployment of the hardware may be extraordinary, but it doesn't overshadow the human dimension of this summer sequel. [4 July 1990]
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 11, 2013
    88
    Because Die Hard 2 is so skillfully constructed and well-directed, it develops a momentum that carries it past several credibility gaps that might have capsized a lesser film.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 11, 2013
    88
    It's not as crisply directed, and the plot holes are easier to find, but Die Hard 2 is filled with the same sense of good-natured, wisecracking fun that infused the original.
  6. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Feb 11, 2013
    80
    It will surprise no one who saw the first ''Die Hard'' that the heart and soul of the new film is Bruce Willis, who this time is even better.
  7. Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Feb 11, 2013
    80
    It's rambunctiously entertaining, a loop-de-loopy bumper car ride through a firecracker sky, all bright lights, sonic booms and impossible heroics.
  8. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    Feb 11, 2013
    75
    A smart, spectacular and rousing piece of work, one that strains against but can't quite escape the natural limitations imposed by a sequel. [4 July 1990, p.C1]
  9. Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    Feb 11, 2013
    70
    This is the most cheerfully preposterous film of a jaw-dropping summer, which is not to say it's not fun, it's simply orchestrated Looney Tunes.
  10. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Feb 11, 2013
    70
    Die Hard 2 lacks the inventivenes of the original but compensates with relentless action.
  11. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 11, 2013
    67
    A number of scenes have been staged with satisfying kinetic flair, and Willis once again makes an appealing superhero. Yet without that great big booby-trapped skyscraper to hold the action together, the suspense dissipates.
  12. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Feb 11, 2013
    63
    For a film so antsy to start that it barely flashes its opening title, Die Hard 2 takes a curiously long time to get off the ground. Like many return trips, what was once exhilarating is now a bit flat. [3 July 1990]
  13. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Feb 11, 2013
    63
    It's not quite as jolting as the high-impact original, but it's got enough explosiveness to blow away the other sequels in this summer's parade of high-body-count blockbusters. [4 July 1990, p.29]
  14. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Feb 11, 2013
    60
    More violent, more explosive and even bigger than the original - this ticks all the sequel boxes. But as long as Willis is in his vest and playing McClane, it's hard to care about its shortcomings.
  15. Feb 11, 2013
    38
    The first hour of Die Hard 2 is pretty good, despite consistent improbability. It's the second half, with its consistent impossibility, that looks like "Tom 'n' Jerry" or "Roadrunner." [6 July 1990, p.E3]
  16. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Feb 11, 2013
    20
    Whatever small pleasure there is to be found in this loud dud is due mostly to the residual good feelings from the first film.
  17. Reviewed by: Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Feb 11, 2013
    20
    If your idea of a good time is watching a lot of stupid, unpleasant people insult and brutalize one another, this is right up your alley.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 1, 2014
    3
    It is just a pale imitation of its predecessor with similar dialogue, a weaker villain, numbing explosions and half the fun the first film. As a sequel, its much bigger than its original; but better? No way. Full Review »
  2. Dec 8, 2013
    7
    Basically a knock-off of the original Die Hard but with one of the most memorable death scenes in film history. Still enjoyable and featuring Canadian actress Sheila McCarthy of 'Little Mosque on the Prairie' fame. Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    10
    Fantastic movie.

    It takes all the stuff that was great about the first die hard (christmas time, simple but extremely exciting and engaging
    story, good character, great acting etc.) and basically does all that again, but puts it into a setting that is new and isn't at all a simple rehash of die hard 1. It's a really great sequel and does pretty much everything right. Full Review »