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A Good Day To Die Hard Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
This is the fifth and least of the Die Hard movies.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 18, 2013
What a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 15, 2013
I didn't think it was physically possible to doze off at a movie as loud as A Good Day to Die Hard, but for a few moments my mind found some distant, peaceful refuge.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 14, 2013
It's all more than a little silly, but Willis' presence at least provides undercurrents of easy jocularity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 14, 2013
For anyone who remembers the "Die Hard" adventures at their vital and exciting best, this film feels like a near-death experience.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 14, 2013
Few fans of the series would disagree that this sclerotic fifth installment should probably be the last.
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February 14, 2013
This is the Magpie School of action filmmaking: Anytime things start to make so little sense that you might lose the audience, just throw something shiny up on screen to distract.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 14, 2013
John's appeal was always his ordinariness, but director John Moore has him surviving more explosions than Wile E. Coyote, and with hardly a scratch.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 14, 2013
An explosive, high-capacity-clip letdown.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 14, 2013
I guess the people making A Good Day to Die Hard don't understand that mortality is one of John McClane's most endearing qualities. Turning him into a cyborg with a sense of self-deprecating humor makes this a low point in the series' history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 14, 2013
All Die Hard movies lack sense -- that's a given. This one lacks personality. And that's unforgivable.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
February 14, 2013
Unnecessary but not unwatchable, this maintains a brisk pace as it moves through the familiar action set pieces, most of them decently orchestrated.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
February 14, 2013
If there's something crassly opportunistic about exploiting a real life disaster on the scale of Chernobyl for cheap thrills, that's part and parcel of the film's cynicism.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
February 14, 2013
Every action scene is telegraphed, and most of the dialogue is irrevocably stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 14, 2013
This series needs to die here. That would be something to "Yippee Ki-Yay" about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 14, 2013
Pretty much three well-staged action sequences strung together with the dumbest imaginable connective tissue.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 14, 2013
A quarter-century after it began, A Good Day to Die Hard continues the franchise without undue embarrassment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 14, 2013
A movie like A Good Day to Die Hard ought to either hire someone who can write catchy dialogue and at least superficially plausible characters or just let the real artists, the stuntmen, run the whole picture. No Humans Allowed.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 14, 2013
Time to hang it up, guys ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 14, 2013
This is the first Die Hard movie to run well under two hours (the incomprehensible final 30 minutes have been so furiously chopped, they deserve their own show on the Food Network).
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 14, 2013
It took 25 years, but with the fifth and latest entry, "A Good Day to Die Hard," the series has finally devolved into joyless sludge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 14, 2013
At this point, "Die Hard" no longer describes the franchise. It describes the fans who are still willing to turn out for the noise and nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 14, 2013
Willis and Courtney make a strong match, believable both as fractious family members and also as sarcastic adversaries forced by circumstances to work together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 14, 2013
Both assaultive and tiresome, "A Good Day to Die Hard" barely registers on the action movie Richter scale. It goes bang, it goes boom, and then it blessedly goes away.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 14, 2013
As workmanlike as men in fluorescent tabards repainting the white lines on the North Circular on a wet Tuesday.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 14, 2013
A Good Day to Die Hard wants to be a movie about family values - a father and son, bonding over bullets and bombs - but it's really just about the value of a box-office franchise, and its value is on the wane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 14, 2013
Until now, the sequels have gotten away with the cynical franchising of John McClane, but A Good Day To Die Hard, the worst entry in the series by far, exposes the hollowness and stupidity of McClane 2.0.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
February 14, 2013
McClane has been stripped of any real traces of an actual three-dimensional character. We feel as if we're watching Bruce Willis in a Bruce Willis movie in which Bruce Willis can survive anything while taking out the villains, video-game style.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
February 13, 2013
No two viewers will assemble the same narrative from this Rorschach of running men, crashing glass, and hollered exposition.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 13, 2013
Obnoxious, over the top and often dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 13, 2013
A Good Day to Die Hard isn't just the weakest of the Die Hard pictures; it's a lousy action movie on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 13, 2013
While the first Die Hard was a Swiss watch of precise plotting and layered character development - the next three installments could, at least, tell time - A Good Day to Die Hard makes lots of noise but little sense.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2013
True, a lot of stuff gets blown up and stunts that must have cost the Earth appear with startling regularity, but the sense of exhilaration and fun that marked the best of the series has gone unaccountably AWOL.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
February 13, 2013
Generally speaking, the action elements aren't the problem here. They're certainly loud enough. It's the obligatory intra-family squabbling and preposterous plotting that threaten to derail this nonsensical sequel.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 13, 2013
At 98 minutes, this is by far the shortest of the Die Hard films, the rest of which run more than two hours. But it ends not a moment too soon.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 13, 2013
Frenetically directed by John Moore from a sketchy script by Skip Woods, A Good Day to Die Hard has the dubious distinction of making John McClane unlikeable. He's had some bad days in the past, but this one finally got him down.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 13, 2013
A Good Day to Die Hard is pointless and joyless, a barrage of noise and chaos, an onslaught of destruction without the slightest mention of consequence.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 13, 2013
If Harvard Business School wants to do a case study on how to debase a once-respected brand, they needn't look any further than the Die Hard movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 13, 2013
Die Hard 5 leaves room for McClane to make a few jokes about his thinning hair and to rue that he wasn't a better father when his kids were growing up. Oh, boo-hoo. Now go kill some more scumbags.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
February 13, 2013
It's "A Good Day to Die Hard," aka "We've Got No Story To Speak Of But We Do Have an Infinite Special Effects Budget and We're Not Afraid To Spend It."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 13, 2013
Willis may not be the film's saving grace, but he is some kind of grace nonetheless, really the only thing in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 13, 2013
This leaden flick is completely joyless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 13, 2013
While some of the sequels have been entertaining enough, "A Good Day to Die Hard" signals that it may be a better day for John McClane to retire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 13, 2013
Mr. Willis has said in interviews that he's open to a sixth "Die Hard" film. Next time, Bruce, please read the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 13, 2013
To paraphrase a classic of Reagan-era cinema, "A Good Day to Die Hard" is a bad day to stop sniffing glue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 13, 2013
Everything that made the first "Die Hard" memorable -- the nuances of character, the political subtext, the cowboy wit -- has been dumbed down or scrubbed away entirely.
| Original Score: 2/5