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
    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
    Die Hard 2 is a huge movie done right. [3 July 1990, p.E1]
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Scott
    Feb 11, 2013
    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
    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
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 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
    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
    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
    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 »