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Die Hard Reviews

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Top Critic
Chris Chase
New York Daily News
July 28, 2015
There are good performances from everyone in this long, often funny, very violent but exciting melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 25, 2014
A masterpiece of populist filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 28, 2014
Yippee-ki-yay, action fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
July 9, 2013
For all its moments of almost overwhelming cheese, Die Hard is still the definitive action thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
July 9, 2013
Willis gleefully strips down the action movie to a pretend game for children who like to fire guns and shoot bad guys. Machismo may never be the same.
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 9, 2013
Die Hard is an action picture with a capital A. In fact, you might as well go ahead and capitalize the whole darn word.
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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.
Andrew Collins
Empire Magazine
July 9, 2013
The very pinnacle of the '80s action movie, and if it's not the greatest action movie ever made, then it's damn close.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 9, 2013
McTiernan, who directed last summer's Predator, composes the action cleanly and logically, making good use of Jackson DeGovia's elaborate post-modernist set-the building becomes something of a character in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
JimmyO
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
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
February 10, 2013
... Not only the best action movie ever made but one of the very best of any genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 20, 2012
John McTiernan's thriller-actioner is well executed, boasting a strong performance from Bruce Willis, which made him a big-screen star.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Original Bruce Willis violent actioner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 3, 2009
High-tech cartoonish action thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
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.

Film4
November 27, 2007
Great pace, great gun battles, great fun.
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 27, 2007
Die Hard is as high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be.
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