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  • Summary: In this third installment of the Die Hard series, hard-luck New York cop John McClane realizes once again that trouble always has a way of finding him. This time it comes in the form of Simon, whose brother Hans Gruber was the villainous mastermind killed by McClane in the first “Die Hard.” (Fox) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Collins
    Despite a final, tacked-on helicopter denouement, it remains a gripping, relentless, supercharged slab of fun that knows no bounds - New York is its playground and the sky's the limit.
  2. Director John McTiernan outdoes the previous "Die Hards" (McTiernan directed the first, Renny Harlin the second) with machinery, stunts, noise, bullets and guts. Hand-held camerawork tweaks the audience's sense of anxiety further, and for the most part it works well.
  3. 75
    Die Hard With a Vengeance is basically a wind-up action toy, cleverly made, and delivered with high energy. It delivers just what it advertises, with a vengeance.
  4. Reviewed by: Terrence Rafferty
    McTiernan supplies one climax after another, but when the whole intense, meaningless experience is over you may have trouble putting a name or a face to the movie that just had its way with you.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    So little wit is expended on the dialogue and so much on the imagination of disaster that you may as well sit back and enjoy the jolting ride.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Put to the sequel litmus test, queasily spectacular Vengeance would only rate a footnote without a strong original to exploit - or a protracted telephone-terrorist subplot to steal from Dirty Harry 1. [19May1995 Pg.01.D]
  7. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    But Die Hard WAV lacks the freshness of its two predecessors: we've had it with gassy police psychiatrists and supersmart terrorists.

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  1. Jan 26, 2013
    This review contains spoilers. From the star of Blind Date, the first two Die Hard flicks, and Pulp Fiction comes this masterpiece that will blow your mind. Detective McClane and an shopowner named Zeus Carver track down the mysterious Simon, who is Hans Gruber's brother (if you didn't understand that part you need to see the first one as well) and an soldier. Simon's plan is to destroy McClane, but he should have known he's an lethal weapon with an side of amazing skills and dangerous power. Can McClane catch Simon before he bombs an school hidden somewhere in New York? Collapse
  2. Jan 21, 2013
    It's just Die Hard. What can you say more than these two magic words that make this already brilliant action thriller an amazing experience, even after the second and third time. Awesome!!! Expand
  3. Jan 5, 2011
    Sure, it doesnt have the same feeling as the first or second one but its still amazing for a third sequel right? I mean, look other films that have had 3 sequels, they were bad. The beginning takes a little bit to get your head round. It's basically John Mclane and Samuel L. Jackson solving puzzles by Simon. Expand
  4. JaredC.
    Aug 12, 2007
    A good movie, but accurately should be a good 5/10. Just because the movie has a made-up story flawlessly thought-out, which I think isn't much, but the acting is funny, dazzling, smart, and terrific. Expand
  5. Nov 5, 2014
    Call me crazy, but I think this movie marked a big step forward for the John McClane Die Hard series and a story that hits just as hard as the others before it. John McClane is a mess and has lost his wife and family. All he has is his job. So why would a German terrorist want him to suffer and or die, especially at the expense of others? For whatever the reason, some crazy terrorist is making John play a game while he works his own schemes on New York City. McClane must use his brain to see through the wiles and still come out as the hero. He will need help though, and he gets it. Some people like to rag on this one because it is about terrorists/thieves again. I mean yes, it is, but if it is just as clever as the prequels while bringing new dynamics in as far as scale, and characters, why mess with the formula? It works. I think the biggest gamble was Samuel L. Jackson being the partner/side-kick to Willis. Based on the ability Bruce has to be the lone wolf, adding someone next to him could ruin the vibe but it worked. Sam did it well delivering a memorable performance and making sure the human reasoning isn't lost among the explosions and shooting. They just got this down, if John McClane can stay this good and entertaining as a character and somehow keep making it through these crazy situations without getting ridiculous and unreal, why stop? Good job, worth a watch. Expand
  6. Jun 9, 2013
    Honestly, I thought it was a pretty enjoyable movie. The addition of Jackson brought some comedy relief and Irons plays a great bad guy that, imo, made the movie. Expand
  7. Aug 16, 2013
    No deja de ser divertida y que te deja prendido al sillón, pero es la más flojita de la serie. No es el clásico estilo de la saga "Die Hard". Hay pocas escenas de tiroteos masivos como nos tenían acostumbrados hasta este momento. Luego en la 4, vuelven ese tipo de cosas que en esta no vemos. Expand

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