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June 26, 2007
Live Free or Die Hard is like the anti-Die Hard, a big, dumb cartoon that makes Bad Boys II seem restrained and realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 27, 2007
Live Free or Die Hard may work better for an audience that doesn't know much about the series than it will for Die Hard die hards, who will be wondering who that impersonator is and what he did with the real John McClane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 26, 2007
More unpleasant than the notion that Matt's nationalism and manhood can only be validated with a gun, though, is the misogyny that creeps into Mark Bomback's script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
June 27, 2007
We know McClane is going to save the day, but it shouldn't be a forgone conclusion the minute Olyphant shows up looking like a Starbucks manager on a particularly itchy morning shift.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
As clueless about the original's appeal as the previous two follow-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 28, 2007
For an action spectacle movie held together by five or six over-the-top sequences, "Live Free or Die Hard" pays off handsomely albeit with a surplus of downtime in between.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 26, 2007
This fourth installment in the franchise delivers when it comes to kick-butt, action-packed mayhem but bogs down focusing on key characters staring at computer screens, typing madly on keyboards or spouting techno-babble.
| Original Score: 2/4
June 27, 2007
A lot like the fireworks of the holiday that it's set on - nothing more than loud, mindless, and, only when the biggest explosions go off, the kind of fun you were hoping for.
Matt Glasby
Film4
July 6, 2007
Chasing the ghosts of past glories in the name of product allegiance, Die Hard 4.0 clatters noisily down the lift shaft into oblivion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
July 6, 2007
At least I hope it's the last. Willis does OK for a middle-aged guy, but as another famous die-hard once said, a man's got to know his limitations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
June 26, 2007
Just what we want from this franchise: social commentary!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
June 26, 2007
Like every movie where they blow stuff up, just with some nostalgia thrown in. And so over the top and silly the movie borders on campy. Then, it blows right through the campy border with an 18-wheel semi truck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 26, 2007
Hoorah! John McClane is back! Yippee-kai-ay! Right? Eh, not so much.... Live Free doesn't feel particularly, you know, Die Hardy....
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 26, 2007
If this is living free, you might consider pulling the plug.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 2007
It's the movie equivalent of a cop on the eve of retirement: he knows what he has to do, and he gets it done. But his heart isn't really in it anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 27, 2007
Sorry, boys. After two decades, the first film still does more with one skyscraper than Live Free or Die Hard does with an entire country.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2008
The bad guys' omnipotence at nearly every turn dilutes the film's suspense.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 29, 2007
Disappointingly generic...slips into last place in the series.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 26, 2007
...a pointless and thoroughly misguided sequel that tarnishes the series' overall effectiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 26, 2007
Willis lumbers through the movie like an angry dinosaur, while Wiseman panders to a generation that wasn't even born when the first flick was released. 'Yippie-kay-yay, motherfu-' -- whoops, can't say that one anymore either.
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