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Die Hard Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Inappropriate and wrongheaded interruptions reveal the fragile nature of the plot and prevent it from working.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
December 5, 2008
In the first half of Director John McTiernan's movie, Willis wears an undershirt. In the second half he gets rid of it. And that's pretty much it for his performance.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 9, 2013
Most of the action is run-of-the-mill Hollywood blood and thunder, but a couple of scenes are unusually reprehensible.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It gets your heart pounding, then makes you hate yourself for it.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 9, 2013
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.
Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph
September 28, 2014
Yippee-ki-yay, action fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
July 9, 2013
Die Hard is probably the most manipulative movie I've seen this year, but since it makes no bones about being manipulative and does it so well, this not only isn't a problem -- it's fun.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 9, 2013
Within the narrow framework of the hard-action genre, Die Hard is almost as good as it gets.
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Original Bruce Willis violent actioner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 27, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 11, 2013
DIE HARD is a classic film. Simply put, every single thing works.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
For what it is, this is the top model -- flash, bang, and witty one-liners all included.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 16, 2004
An explosion-movie classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Every so often a movie comes along whose concept sparks a flood of imitators. Die Hard is such a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
April 27, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Die Hard is in many ways the perfectly constructed action film, combining interior tension with exterior explosions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
April 27, 2003
The best action-thriller of the 20th Century...Willis is THE Man~
| Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 25, 2014
A masterpiece of populist filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rebecca Murray
February 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
A serviceable if rather overextended and overblown adventure thriller.
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