Die Hard 2 Reviews

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
April 3, 2015
This is the most cheerfully preposterous film of a jaw-dropping summer, which is not to say it's not fun, it's simply orchestrated Looney Tunes.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 3, 2015
Even in the action genre, there is such a thing as overkill. Die Hard 2: Die Harder pleads guilty to the charge but has enough redeeming plot twists to compensate for the excess.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 3, 2015
The summer's best sequel and most satisfying blockbuster has finally arrived. Die Hard 2 is a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
April 3, 2015
Even when the script wanders into cynical overkill, Harlin makes sure the violence has some impact, some moral consequence, by sketching in characters for a few representative victims.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 3, 2015
Though it has an inventive and unexpected plot twist, Die Hard 2 lacks credibility. "Die Hard" was that rare modern action picture with a wholly believable plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
April 3, 2015
One might think a movie with a reported budget of $62 million would have had a few bucks to spend on a gaffe spotter.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 3, 2015
The filmmakers seem to be operating under the assumption that the way you top a successful movie is by making one that's louder, cruder and more violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 3, 2015
As vapid as it is violent.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 3, 2015
The screenplay is precariously supported by the chips on John McClane's shoulders. Fortunately, it is also designed to Willis' unique specs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
April 3, 2015
Die Hard 2 delivers everything you'd expect from the title's promise. Trouble is, Die Hard 2 really didn't need to wallow in graphic violence to be a good, engaging picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 3, 2015
Bruce Willis wonders aloud how it could happen to him again, but dons the white singlet anyway for this second hugely entertaining slice of action hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
April 3, 2015
As long as Willis is in his vest and playing McClane, it's hard to care about its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
April 3, 2015
Willis confirms his status as one of the best action men around -- he can actually act.
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 12, 2013
While this sequel may not rise to the heights of the classic first, it is still a damn fine flick with lots to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
February 11, 2013
... Everything a good sequel should be.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
A number of scenes have been staged with satisfying kinetic flair, and Willis once again makes an appealing superhero. Yet without that great big booby-trapped skyscraper to hold the action together, the suspense dissipates.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
John McClane spreads vigilante Christmas cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
July 6, 2010
Exquisite widescreen theatrics and explosive entertainment. It's an awesome machine of mayhem....a skilled sequel, a brass-knuckled bruiser of an action picture, and a sublime cinematic distraction.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Die Hard 2 lacks the inventivenes of the original but compensates with relentless action.
Brian Holcomb
CinemaBlend.com
May 5, 2008
"How can the same thing happen to the same guy twice?" asks a bewildered and ultra-ironic John McClane. Well, make a film as successful as Die Hard and you'll soon find out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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