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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 205
Fresh: 167 | Rotten: 38

Live Free or Die Hard may be preposterous, but it's an efficient, action-packed summer popcorn flick with thrilling stunts and a commanding performance by Bruce Willis. Fans of the previous Die Hard films will not be disappointed.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 9

Live Free or Die Hard may be preposterous, but it's an efficient, action-packed summer popcorn flick with thrilling stunts and a commanding performance by Bruce Willis. Fans of the previous Die Hard films will not be disappointed.

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An old-fashioned cop emerges to foil a high-tech attack on the country's computer infrastructure as Bruce Willis brings back one of the biggest action franchises in screen history. It's been over a decade since audiences last saw New York cop John McClane (Willis), but now, as the world's greatest criminal mastermind (Timothy Olyphant) attempts to cripple the entire country with an innovative act of technological terrorism, only one cop can insure that the integrity of the system stays intact.

Nov 20, 2007

$134.5M

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Len Wiseman handles many of the set-pieces with flair and tension.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's not remotely plausible, but with Willis' McClane leaping onto the tailfins of passing jet fighters and bringing down helicopters by launching police cars at them, there's enough stuff blowing up that action fans won't mind much.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
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The bad guys' omnipotence at nearly every turn dilutes the film's suspense.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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An enjoyable pop projection of post-9/11 anxiety. That said, it also makes you nostalgic for the days when irresponsible action movies didn't have to deal with it.

November 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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What's the fourth "Die Hard" called? I keep forgetting. "Die Hard: With a Pension"? "Die Hardened Arteries"? "Die Laughing"?

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (4)
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Movie characters like McClane are the Paul Bunyans and John Henrys and Pecos Bills of our age, the stuff of tall tales spun with the technology of an age whose campfires are found in multiplexes with stadium seating.

July 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Provided you don't put too much thought into it and just enjoy the ride, you'll have a blast.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Ultimately, a passable new Die Hard movie is more than anyone of us ever really expected, and that in itself is worth a jolly old Yippee-Ki-Ay.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Brainless? Sure. Entertaining? Yup.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Though it's mostly entertaining (if overlong), there is a sense that the whole thing has become somewhat rote.

June 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Live Free or Die Hard needs a sense of joy, a sense that despite the harrowing nature of the situation, there is something entertaining - even to the participants - about the absurdity of the situation ... it doesn't have that.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Comments (3)
ComingSoon.net

Fred Flinstone in the land of the Jetsons

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Comments (3)
Cinema Writer

Pulled off with just the right spatial Úlan

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The Die Hard series was about as animated as Rocky's face until director Len Wiseman restored it to its kinetic essence...

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Live Free or Die Hard is an over-the-top, fun rampage.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Live Free or Die Hard is as close as we are going to get to reliving the good old action films of the '80s.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times | Comments (2)
Watertown Daily Times

I was actually nervous with all the gunfire and near misses. But then it kept happening over and over again. So instead of being involved, I studied the action sequences.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

As more and more movies rely on massive CGI enhancement and Hong Kong choreographed wire-rigged fights, Die Hard revels in good, old-fashioned fist fights and real, immaculately executed stunts.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

Its hyperactive 80's chic action crap and I had a blast just the same...

January 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (2)
Cinema Crazed

It is is about as realistic as a Tom & Jerry cartoon, but then again, this is a Die Hard movie . . .

November 8, 2007
SA Movie & DVD Magazine

Yipee-ki-ay your way past the plot flaws and enjoy the ride.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Overall, given the long interval between films, "Live Free or Die Hard" is a pleasant surprise. This may be a "digital age," but "Die Hard" is a series that keeps on ticking.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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December 3, 2013
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This was a nice (enough) return to a great series. There's plenty of action and drama, and over-the-top stunts and sequences, Willis still has the gusto he used to, and the supporting cast does nice work too. It would have been nice had this been "hard-edged" like the previous films, but even though it's not, it's still a decent film.

Like the previous entry, this one is on a larger, more open scale, with McClane having to stop a high tech terrorist attack on the country's (mainly eastern seaboard) computer infrastructure using his old school analog ways. Joining him is a dweeby computer guy who makes for a pretty decent comic foil, though he has nothing on Samuel L. Jackson's Zeus from the previous film.

The film (at least the theatrical cut) suffers from being sanitized and given the PG-13 treatment, but if you're open minded, you can look past this aspect. McClane is also treated like a friggin superhero, basically surviving stuff that no normal man should. This last aspect seems to increase as this series goes on, and, yeah, it's a bit dumb, but if all you want is a cheesy over-the-top action spectacle, then you should be decently happy with this one.
September 3, 2013
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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Up until the most recent movie("Good Day to Die Hard") this was the most over the top installment of the movie. McClane(Bruce Willis) is visiting his daughter when he gets a call to pick up a hacker(Justin Long) and take him to Washington D.C. When he gets to the hackers apartment they are attacked, and it turns out the hacker didn't know, but he had been working for a terrorist named Gabriel(Timothy Olyphant) to set off a Fire Sail. Using technology they turn off traffic, all the power, all the communication, shut down financial institutions and attempt to put the U.S. back in the dark ages. But they didn't know they would have to contend with John McClane, an "analog man in a digital world". Now he is our best chance to stop them before it's too late. McClane is pretty much indestructible, and jumps onto F-35 jets here, so yes it's crazy and way over the top, but it's still a "Die Hard" movie, and it's still awesome. Not as good as others in the series, but it's still very entertaining for an action flick that holds up decent. Biggest problem is it's rated PG-13 and he only says "Yippy Ka Yah" without the rest of it;) Still, if you haven't watched it, go back and give it a shot.
February 15, 2013
Everett Johnson

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    1. Thomas Gabriel: On your tombstone it should read 'At the wrong place at the wrong time'.
    2. John McClane: How about ' Yippie ki yay, motherfucker!'.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (13 months ago)
    1. Thomas Gabriel: [on the phone] Mai, what the hell's going on?
    2. John McClane: Mai? Oh yeah, little Asian chick, likes to kick people? I don't think she's gonna be talking to anyone for a long time. The last time I saw her she was at the bottom of an elevator shaft with a big SUV rammed up her ass.
    – Submitted by Cody H (16 months ago)
    1. John McClane: Nice poster.
    2. Warlock: What are you a fan of the Fett?
    3. John McClane: No, I was always more of a Star Wars person.
    – Submitted by Adam D (17 months ago)
    1. John McClane: Is that your best shot?
    – Submitted by Tino N (21 months ago)
    1. John McClane: [after hitting Mai Linh with the car] How you doin'?
    – Submitted by Tino N (21 months ago)
    1. John McClane: Just sit tight, asshole. I got a check for you.
    – Submitted by Gabriel F (23 months ago)
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