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. 100
    Not only is it a thrill-a-minute ride, but it has one of the best film villains in recent memory, a hero everyone can relate to, dialogue that crackles with wit, and a lot of very impressive pyrotechnics.
  2. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Carmel Dagan
    100
    This brash, clever picture caught the attention of audiences after years of moribund product from the likes of Schwarzenegger and Stallone.
  3. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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]
  4. A firepowered, blood-drenched action picture that doesn't let up.
  5. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Peter Stack
    75
    Slick, glossy, overblown, implausible. [15 July 1988, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
  6. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    75
    Has everything but a personality. [15 July 1988, Friday, p.A]
  7. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Caryn James
    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]
  8. 70
    As high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be.
  9. 70
    A logistical wonder, a marvel of engineering, and relentlessly, mercilessly thrilling.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 501 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
  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 »