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  • Summary: John McClane attempts to save the day, again, as rogue military officials seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.
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: 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.
  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: Sheila Benson
    Feb 11, 2013
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 11, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Feb 11, 2013
    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]
  7. Reviewed by: Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Feb 11, 2013
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2014
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  3. Sep 27, 2013
    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, 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. Expand
  4. Aug 16, 2013
    Como la primera, esta es un joyita divertida y graciosa. La idea del aeropuerto es genial, y mantiene un ritmo intenso durante las dos horas. Genial!!
  5. Feb 23, 2013
    It's a sad commentary, but every year around the holidays I start thinking about John McClain. That is how ingrained media has become in our minds. This week I decided to watch Die Hard 2 for the 8 millionth time, because unlike most sequels, I found it to be better than the first. Not to say that the first isn't a classic film, but the second one has two things the first lacked. First, Director, Renny Harlan, who is the master of action films, completely unappreciated, and a man who has given me hours of excitement. The second thing is the supporting cast, which features the likes of Dennis Franz from NYPD Blue, Fred Thompson of Law n' Order, and of course veteran character actor, William Sadler. Willis once again is brilliant as John McClain and gave the 90's a true action hero! The Die Hard films are the frame work by which all modern action films are compared and if you skipped the second one, because it was a sequel, you're an idiot! This is a can't miss movie for action junkies. Collapse
  6. 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. Expand
  7. 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. Expand