Die Hard

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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Critic Reviews

  1. A triumph of slick direction and lowbrow thrills, marred but not spoiled by a sour aftertaste.
  2. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    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]
  3. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    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]
  4. 50
    On a technical level, there's a lot to be said for Die Hard. It's when we get to some of the unnecessary adornments of the script that the movie shoots itself in the foot.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 608 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 60
  2. Negative: 2 out of 60
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    9
    Director John McTiernan's "Die Hard" is one of those original one-man macho action movies that have brainless fun and a surprisingly deepDirector John McTiernan's "Die Hard" is one of those original one-man macho action movies that have brainless fun and a surprisingly deep character depth. It certainly is a masterpiece. Full Review »
  2. JamesM.
    Dec 20, 2005
    0
    Absolute garbage. Andrew M., yes, I did enjoy it, when I first saw it when I was 8. Quite a few years down the track, now that I am past Absolute garbage. Andrew M., yes, I did enjoy it, when I first saw it when I was 8. Quite a few years down the track, now that I am past puberty, I find to to be trash. Full Review »
  3. Aug 28, 2014
    6
    The ultimate Bruce Willis action-flick straight out of the 1980s. Die Hard is no doubt a roller coaster of thrills, but it is all a bitThe ultimate Bruce Willis action-flick straight out of the 1980s. Die Hard is no doubt a roller coaster of thrills, but it is all a bit familiar. Nevertheless, Alan Rickman's villainous portrayal will long be remembered. Full Review »