Die Hard

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  • Summary: When terrorists take over a Los Angeles skyscraper on Christmas Eve, visting New York cop John McClane (Willis) thwarts their plans.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  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. 70
    A logistical wonder, a marvel of engineering, and relentlessly, mercilessly thrilling.
  5. 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]
  6. 70
    As high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 59
  2. Negative: 2 out of 59
  1. Apr 2, 2012
    10
    First off, I would give this a 9.5 out of 10. Acting is great. The villian is great, and Bruce Willis is awesome. The story is really good,First off, I would give this a 9.5 out of 10. Acting is great. The villian is great, and Bruce Willis is awesome. The story is really good, and the score is really good. The action sequences are great. This is such a great, intense, action movie. Overall, this is a great action movie. It's really good. You should go see it. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. May 25, 2014
    10
    Die Hard has to be one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time the fact that its also a brilliant action film makes it absolutelyDie Hard has to be one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time the fact that its also a brilliant action film makes it absolutely amazing. Of course this is the best Die Hard in the franchise and after you watch the newest one it makes you love this movie even more but also sad to see how the franchise dwindled. Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman are phenomenal together they brought both of their characters to life with their amazing acting to a point where you want to root for both of them to win. Bruce Willis as John McClane was so enjoyable because of how real the character felt rather then a normal super hero main character that you dont care for they made him just a regular guy so that you connect more with him then you would with a emotionless main guy out for blood like many movies in this genre. Die Hard was Alan Rickman's first movie and what an impression he made with his slick acting as the main villain Hans Gruber a guy you start to love throughout because of how cold and calculating he is. He later went on to be in many high profile movies and is now one of my favorite actors.

    Overall i give it a solid 10 This is for sure the best Christmas action movie of all time i dont care what anyone says. I watched it when i was young and i plan to watch it when im old no doubt about that.
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  3. Nov 28, 2015
    10
    How can this film have such a low rating? It has action, a wise cracking hero, the hero's estranged wife, a top notch bad guy, an idiotHow can this film have such a low rating? It has action, a wise cracking hero, the hero's estranged wife, a top notch bad guy, an idiot police commander, the superior FBI agents, and the everyday beat cop who just wants to get home for Christmas. The movie is well structured with action interspersed with comedic dialog so it takes you on a real roller coaster. I don't buy a lot of DVDs but this one is a keeper! Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2014
    9
    I may be young, but god, I LOVE the classics, especially this film. The action in the film had me on the edge of the sofa for the whole film,I may be young, but god, I LOVE the classics, especially this film. The action in the film had me on the edge of the sofa for the whole film, I just couldn't get my eyes away from the TV!
    A great, funny and action packed film that I would definitely recommend watching!
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  5. Dec 8, 2013
    9
    Not only one of the best action films of all time but also one of the best Christmas films of all times. I love that is also featuresNot only one of the best action films of all time but also one of the best Christmas films of all times. I love that is also features Reginald VelJohnson from 'Family Matters' fame. Expand
  6. Nov 10, 2014
    8
    Die Hard is popcorn entertainment at its finest with strong performances all around (including an iconic portrayal of Hans Gruber by AlanDie Hard is popcorn entertainment at its finest with strong performances all around (including an iconic portrayal of Hans Gruber by Alan Rickman), witty dialogue, and terrific action sequences. Expand
  7. 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. Expand

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