Live Free or Die Hard


Live Free or Die Hard (2007)


Critic Consensus: 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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On the Fourth of July weekend, an attack on the vulnerable United States infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation. The mysterious figure behind the scheme has figured out every modern angle... but he never figured on McClane--the old-school "analog" fly in the "digital" ointment. It's the beginning of the holiday, but New York City Detective McClane isn't celebrating. He's had yet another argument with his college-age daughter Lucy, and received a crushingly routine assignment to bring in a young hacker, Matt Farrell, for questioning by the FBI. But for McClane, the ordinary has a habit of exploding into the extraordinary--abruptly hurtling him into the wrong place at the wrong time. With Farrell's help, McClane slowly begins to understand the increasing chaos surrounding him. An attack is underway on the vulnerable United States infrastructure, shutting down the entire nation. The mysterious figure behind the scheme, Thomas Gabriel, stays several moves ahead of McClane as he implements his incredible plans, known to uber-geeks like Farrell as a "fire sale" (as in, everything must go!)

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Critic Reviews for Live Free or Die Hard

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (46)

But ultimately it's [Bruce] Willis who makes this loopy action movie so endearing...Nobody dies it better.

Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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Len Wiseman handles many of the set-pieces with flair and tension.

Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
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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.

Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…
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The bad guys' omnipotence at nearly every turn dilutes the film's suspense.

Jan 4, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 28, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

What's the fourth "Die Hard" called? I keep forgetting. "Die Hard: With a Pension"? "Die Hardened Arteries"? "Die Laughing"?

Jul 31, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Live Free or Die Hard

A great, stand out action film that delivers all the good stuff from the other Die Hard films....and even a few ideas from some other top action films.
We get a cool relevant story for the present day about hackers getting in to control just about everything in the country, lots of great action scenes not overly reliant on CGI, great fights and some humour as well of course. John McClane is definitely one hard to kill guy, kicking bad guy ass just as well as ever. This is all out action you can't fail to like!!

Dean King
Dean King

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Bruce Willis plays John McClain again in this solid actioner that fully embraces teenage mentality movie-wise: less dialogue, more action. More fistfights. More shootouts. More explosions. It's actually a comfort watching Willis jump from a exploding fighter jet w/o a parachute and totally walk away from it. The film is loaded with vehicles of all types. Ambulances, fire trucks, tractor trailers, classic cars, helicopters ... it's a gearhead's wet dream. Leave yer fancy libtard edjumacation at the door, grow a pair, and hitch yerself in. Big fun, old school.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Erases the 3rd and def a return to the good old days of action movies.

John Manard
John Manard

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