Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance (1995)



Critic Consensus: Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance gets off to a fast start and benefits from Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson's barbed interplay, but clatters to a bombastic finish in a vain effort to cover for an overall lack of fresh ideas.

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Bruce Willis returns as misfit cop John McClane in the third film in the Die Hard series. McClane has fallen on hard times; after moving to New York City and breaking up with his wife, he's developed a drinking problem and has been suspended from the NYPD. However, his past comes back to haunt him in the form of Simon (Jeremy Irons), a terrorist bomber who has been using McClane as his contact as he plants a series of bombs in public places and gives McClane inane "clues" to their whereabouts in … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Hensleigh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (14)

Degenerates into an improbable, confusing series of chases and an overly involved heist that takes far too long to set up.

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
Top Critic

There's little wit or originality on offer, just the familiar escalation of car chases and big bangs.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Pure action, with bigger and better explosions and stunts.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

... Highlighted by Irons, whose slick and sinister Simon is second only to Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber in the pantheon of "Die Hard" villains.

Full Review… | February 12, 2013
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

If you ignore the last half, it's quite a good entry.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Less hand-to-hand combat, but still a very violent sequel.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance


An entertaining movie full of action and humor, no doubt better than the atrocious second installment even if not in the same level of the original film. And despite a flawed last half, it has Samuel L. Jackson stealing the scene and Jeremy Irons as a great villain.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Starts off well enough with a thrilling first-half and benefits greatly from the hilarious chemistry between Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. Unfortunately, the movie doesn't keep it's momentum going, suffering from a second-half littered with dull un-inventive action sequences and lots of plot holes.

Simon was definitely a better central villain than what we were given in "Die Hard 2" and Jeremy Irons delivers a good performance, but what was lacking was the tense hero-villain dynamic of the first movie.

An overall okay-isn action movie that delivers on some decent action and humor, but I can't help but feel this could have been so much better.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


"Die Hard with a Vengeance" was the first "Die Hard" I saw in the theater and it's my favorite of the sequels. John McClane is back and this time he's not in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's the right man, being targeted by a terorrist bomber named Simon(Jeremy Irons) who wants to play a game of simon says. If McClane doesn't do as he says, then he will blow up anything from a subway to a school in New York. McClane gets help from Zeus(Samuel L. Jackson) a guy who saves his life in Harlem, and they try to stop Simon and find out why he is doing all this. John McTeirnan was the director of the first movie and this is the only sequel he came back for, probably why it's the best. The action is phenomenal, the story is exciting, and Irons' Simon is the best of all the villains in the series, besides Hans Gruber. There are some scenes that are very over the top, but this is probably the most grounded of the entire series. Great movie, and if your looking for a roller coaster ride of a movie, then pop this bad boy back in.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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