Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    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. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 11, 2013
    100
    Die Hard 2 is a huge movie done right. [3 July 1990, p.E1]
  3. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    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. Chicago Tribune
    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. USA Today
    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. Boston Globe
    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]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 273 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Sep 27, 2013
    10
    Die Hard 2 is one of the best sequel to a movie franchise, and the characteristics of the first one are all here: cheesy dialogue, tightDie Hard 2 is one of the best sequel to a movie franchise, and the characteristics of the first one are all here: cheesy dialogue, tight spaces, and badass police officer John McClane. The story is just as fresh and exciting as the first one, and is a feat to beat. Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2014
    6
    The second installment of a great action movie series. John McClane is back to pick his wife up from the airport in New York when he runs intoThe second installment of a great action movie series. John McClane is back to pick his wife up from the airport in New York when he runs into some trouble with terrorists who take over the flight grid and plan to execute their evil plans at will. McClane is forced into action when the lives of thousands of people including his wife are threatened. The smart-talking and gun blasting is alive and well in this picture. The character and story line retained in this sequel is blatantly repeated from the first but definitely welcome. That much is rare. John continues to be the normal everyday cop who accomplishes superhuman feats without really overreaching practicality, again, rare. I thought the fight scenes and shootouts were on the choppy side. That could be attributed to the older action style and the authentic nature that John McClane is meant to show. A bunch of clever bad guys up against a guy who just wont die, what more could you ask for? Well done. Action/Bruce Willis classic, it's worth a watch. Full Review »
  3. 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. AsIt 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 »