Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: July 15, 1988 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
70
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 13 Critics
Positive:
9
Mixed:
4
Negative:
0
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100
This brash, clever picture caught the attention of audiences after years of moribund product from the likes of Schwarzenegger and Stallone.
88
The result is a foot-stomping rouser. Where else can you get a cop in his underwear boogalooing with skyscraper terrorists? [15 July 1988, Life, p.4D]
75
Slick, glossy, overblown, implausible. [15 July 1988, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
75
Has everything but a personality. [15 July 1988, Friday, p.A]
70
Has to be the most excessive film around. It piles every known element of the action genre onto the flimsy story. [15 July 1988]
60
As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome; as a human drama, it is disgusting and silly, a mindless depiction of carnage on an epic scale. [15 July 1988, Calendar, p.6-1]
50
What Willis proves in Die Hard is that it is not one you can ease through, especially if your preparation runs more to body building than to character building. [July 25, 1988]