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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
    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: 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.
  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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. 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
    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.
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  2. 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. Expand
  3. Feb 23, 2013
    9
    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 ourIt'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
  4. 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 featuringBasically 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
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. Nov 10, 2014
    3
    Trimmed down to quarter the fun of the first film, this sequel to the iconic Die Hard is an overabundance of explosions set off by weakTrimmed down to quarter the fun of the first film, this sequel to the iconic Die Hard is an overabundance of explosions set off by weak villains speaking horrible dialogue. Even John McClane can't save this disaster. Expand

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