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Die Hard Reviews

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Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
A serviceable if rather overextended and overblown adventure thriller.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 26, 2007
...remains one of the most entertaining and flat-out thrilling examples of the action genre...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
June 14, 2007
Great escapist action, but it's still nothing more than an action movie %u2013 cinema's version of a nice, tasty hamburger.
| Original Score: 76/100

TV Guide
December 4, 2006
The pumped-up, high tech surprise hit of 1988; a triumph of slick direction and lowbrow thrills, marred but not spoiled by a sour aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
March 4, 2006
A seminal action film that created an entire subgenre. Super action, but the key to its success is how it effectively pits Willis' common-man hero against Rickman's haughty arch-villain.
| Original Score: 8/10
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A hi-tech thriller with a human heart.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Every so often a movie comes along whose concept sparks a flood of imitators. Die Hard is such a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
July 18, 2004
'A landmark film that breathed life and originality into an area of cinema where only formulas were proven reliable.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 16, 2004
An explosion-movie classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 4, 2003
Superior star vehicle, but utterly insubstantial.
| Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
October 14, 2003
There's a reason why this film's basic premise has been transplanted to every kind of building or transport known to man: it's just that good.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
An ingenious and ceaselessly self-renewing thriller that surpasses every seeming limitation.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 10, 2003
Marks the peak of the 1980's action boom that made mega-stars out of the likes of Ah-nuld, Stallone and Van Damme.
Top Critic
Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The scenes move with such relentless energy and smashing special-effects extravagance that Die Hard turns out to be everything action-genre fans, and Bruce Willis's relieved investors, might have hoped for.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
April 29, 2003
A landmark action film.
| Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
April 27, 2003
The best action-thriller of the 20th Century...Willis is THE Man~
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
Rent it on Christmas Eve and give that "Wonderful Life" [expletive deleted] a rest for one year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 9, 2003
Slower to get going than I remembered -- and that's a good thing
| Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Die Hard is in many ways the perfectly constructed action film, combining interior tension with exterior explosions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Oh, man! Is this a classic or what!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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