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½ February 26, 2017
The best Die Hard movie because it's unrealistically-realistic.
½ February 23, 2017
Alan Rickman shines in this action classic as does Bruce willis .
February 19, 2017
Greatest Christmas movie ever? Yeah, baby! Suck it "It's a wonderful life!" It''s not Christmas until Hans Gruber falls from the Nakatomi tower. Be aware there is ALOT of swearing so keep that in mind if your kids are not cool enough to hear the f word yelled multiple times, but if that is the case then they don't deserve to see this most awesome movie.
February 12, 2017
almost perfect 80s action film right guy in the wrong place
½ February 12, 2017
Glad to see that they didn't make Alan Rickman a dumb villain. Die Hard has to be one of your best Christmas movie choices.
February 9, 2017
One of best films ever made. Incredible action, awesome plot. Characters you can really connect with and watch again and again
½ January 25, 2017
One of the most intense action movies of all time. Even it's own sequels can not come close to adding up to the greatness of this one.
January 23, 2017
You'll never hear more quotable one-liners and see a more sarcastic and realistic hero in this bad ass action classic. Oh, and by the way, there's Hans Gruber, a villain with that infamous voice.
½ January 10, 2017
One of the best action movies of all time. The plot is smart and actually believable, which is more than a lot of action movies can say. Rickman is incredible as a smart plotting German villains and he is matched by Willis who is also great as the bad ass wise cracking hero John McClain. Definitely a great Christmas movie
January 7, 2017
Classic never dying action movie from the 80's as well as a must see during the Christmas period. It has entertaining story, very charismatic leads, both the good guy and the bad guy, superbly acted by Alan Rickman, and a christmas background, and a lot of first rate action scenes: a fiery cocktail.
½ January 5, 2017
Funny how I'm pretty sure I've only seen this once until today. This is one of the best action movies ever made. It proved that Bruce Willis was (whether you like it or not) a box office draw and it certainly raised the standard for action movies. A great time.

Rewatch notes: Pretty much nothing much needed to add. Everything here is great. A lovely film debut of Alan Rickman.
January 3, 2017
In the 1980s, action movies tended to be the preserve of steroid-addled muscle men, machine-gunning their way to body counts of infinitude. At the decade's close, a TV comedy star and a sci-fi/horror director made a movie about a regular schmoe (albeit with a specialized skill set) in the wrong place at the wrong time and inadvertently made one of the greatest action movies of all time. Jeb Stuart's homegrown screenplay based on Roderick Thorp's novel maximizes the witty bantering between Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, but never slows the action in doing so, blessing Die Hard with a humorous machismo unique to the genre. In short it's big, noisy and exploitable fun but retains that sense of fury that shoots adrenalin through your system. Just the way it should be. It's sometimes easy to forget that John McClane was a product of the 1980's (only Holly McClane's hair and Elli's cocaine habit really signpost the era) but that's what you get for being a timeless classic.
January 1, 2017
Rating: 96%
With memorable punch lines, great acting, and a tense and thrilling script, Die Hard deserves its reputation as one of the greatest action movies ever made.
½ January 1, 2017
Die Hard is a classic Christmas movie starring Bruce Willis as a cop visiting LA. Die Hard manages to be both a high-octane action thriller and an overall fun movie to watch, there really aren't many negatives about this aside from being a tad long and predictable in my opinion. Bruce Willis is a badass and Alan Rickman eats the screen in his villain role. This is a great movie to pop in and watch without much trouble
December 31, 2016
IT'S THE PINNACLE OF GRITTY 80's ACTION MOVIES. ENOUGH SAID.
December 30, 2016
Brilliant action film that remains not only the best in its genre but also the best Christmas movie ever made. The cast is superb across the board, with the principles giving the performances of their careers. Bruce Willis cemented his superstar status as John McClane, playing him as an everyman just trying to save his wife. He's not a muscle-bound superhero as was the standard at the time, but just a quick-thinking (and often lucky) cop who really doesn't want to be in this situation. He is matched brilliantly by the late, great Alan Rickman (in his first film role) as Hans Gruber, who crafts one of the great villains in film history. Gruber is a charming sociopath who is has no qualms about killing to get what he wants, but does it with such intelligence & style, you actually root for him half the time (it's not coincidence that 'Ode to Joy' plays when the safe is finally cracked open). Behind the camera, John McTieran keeps the film going like a finely tuned watch, with every character & subplot paying off. He also grounds it in a nice bit of realism (there are just 12 terrorists, and you count off as each dies) and McClane spends to first half of the film hiding from the terrorists while trying to call for help breakthrough in non-macho action heroes. The fact McClain gets his butt kick most of the movie & is an utter mess at the end (you'll never go barefoot again) just makes you root for him even more. The humor is fun as well, from McClane's classic quips to the terrorists small but human moments, from making bets on who dies to seeking a candy bar. Simply put, the best action film ever made and the best Christmas movie ever.
½ December 29, 2016
The poster child of action packed 1980's movies. Die Hard brings thrills for the holidays and keeps on giving all the way to the credits.
½ December 28, 2016
Most action movies - including most of the Die Hard sequels - use coincidence as a plot commodity. On the other hand, you have the original Die Hard which only uses happenstance to thicken McClane's situation and never to alleviate it. And is Hans Gruber the most interesting villain in cinema? It's at least worth a debate.
December 28, 2016
Why are you here, reading sodding reviews, instead of actually watching what I can only describe as the Citizen Kane of action movies?

GO, PEOPLE! GO GET YOUR DIE HARD-ON! (See? See what I did thur? May Zeus forgive me.)
December 28, 2016
5/5. Not only is Die Hard one of the greatest action films of all time, but it's also one of the best Christmas films.
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