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Live Free or Die Hard Reviews

November 17, 2011
Len Wiseman handles many of the set-pieces with flair and tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
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.
January 4, 2008
The bad guys' omnipotence at nearly every turn dilutes the film's suspense.
November 28, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 31, 2007
What's the fourth "Die Hard" called? I keep forgetting. "Die Hard: With a Pension"? "Die Hardened Arteries"? "Die Laughing"?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 15, 2007
Movie characters like McClane are the Paul Bunyans and John Henrys and Pecos Bills of our age, the stuff of tall tales spun with the technology of an age whose campfires are found in multiplexes with stadium seating.
July 12, 2007
The rookie mistakes are legion.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 11, 2007
Willis should not be the victim of facile stereotyping. He brings more heart and humor to apocalyptic pulp fiction than any other actor I can think of offhand.
June 30, 2007
Far from the crass, just-for-the-money sequel it appeared to be on paper. It's a genuine blast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2007
Terrific entertainment, and startlingly shrewd in the bargain, a combination of minimalist performances -- interestingly minimalist -- and maximalist stunts that make you laugh, as you gape, at their thunderous extravagance.
June 28, 2007
Easily the best in the series since the first one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 27, 2007
None of the scrapes and bruises [Willis] sustains are as wince-inducing as the image of his younger self in the first film, padding across broken glass with bare feet. He was human back in 1988; now he's the Terminator.
Read More | Original Score: C+
June 27, 2007
The real intrigue has to do with whether McClane -- 'a Timex watch in a digital age,' per the lead baddie (Timothy Olyphant) -- can log in to 2007.
June 27, 2007
Willis' John McClane, with that sly, sideways smile, is like an old acquaintance you don't mind running into. He may be older and balder, but he's none the worse for the wear. And he can still take a punch.
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
June 27, 2007
This paradox comes with an attendant fallacy: that the best way to solve the static problem is to make the stunts even larger, the bangs even bigger. Wrong: More action just stops the film longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 27, 2007
It is a movie born to be forgotten-except as something that against your better judgment, you had a pretty good time watching back in the summer of '07.
June 27, 2007
Live Free or Die Hard is indeed a worthy successor to the original -- not perhaps quite as good, but close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 27, 2007
The post-9/11 techno-terrorist stuff works, the fights are creative and funny, and Willis is in top form in his career-defining role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
June 26, 2007
That this implausible stew works as well as it does is in part a tribute to the unlikely but enjoyable rapport that forms between old school McClane and his youthful computer-savvy companion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 26, 2007
[McClane] still has the same knack for trouble, the adrenaline-pumping, cheerfully anarchic kind that causes cars to ignite, bodies to fly, eardrums to pop and hearts to race and gladden.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 26, 2007
It has enough mind-blowing stunts to leave audience members walking out and inventing obscenity-laced catchphrases of their own.
June 26, 2007
If your sense of the credible isn't awfully flexible, you're the wrong audience for movies like this. The nonsense bounces along at such a breathless clip that most viewers should willingly give the improbabilities a free pass.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 26, 2007
Ultimately, Live Free or Die Hard so completely slacks our jaw and so successfully suspends our disbelief that the highest praise goes to the crew of first-class technicians who pulled it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2007
Live Free or Die Hard is the most creative and exciting Die Hard film since the original, though it's hardly the original's equal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2007
The action in this fast-paced, hysterically overproduced and surprisingly entertaining film is as realistic as a Road Runner cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2007
This time the hype is real. The latest Die Hard film, the first in a dozen years, is the best in the series, an invigorating return to the style of blockbuster that dominated summers back in the early 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 26, 2007
Willis has a firm grip on what has made his character popular for nearly two decades, and maintains a firm hand on the wheel. Like almost everything he drives, he keeps the movie airborne. Yippee-ki-yay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2007
Live Free or Die Hard gets the action job done and you better believe that Bruce is still the man.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
June 26, 2007
It's a pulse-pounding, bad-guy-pummeling exercise in action excess, peppered with bad, bad dialogue.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 26, 2007
The most perfect protagonist is always the imperfect protagonist. Leave it to John McClane to bring back the action hero.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 26, 2007
If this is living free, you might consider pulling the plug.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 26, 2007
Mostly, the flick relies on old-school stunt work rather than computer generated effects.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 26, 2007
At a time when the action genre has come to be dominated by sleek, matte surfaces and set-'em-and-forget-'em computerized effects, Live Free or Die Hard seeks to remind viewers of the simple, nostalgic pleasures of watching stuff get blown up.
June 26, 2007
There's no point in whining that Die Hard is mindless. That's like complaining about the sound of people eating popcorn in the theater.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 26, 2007
The usual pyrotechnics are intact, the corpses pile up and McClane even gets to spit out his signature battle cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2007
It's loud, yippee-ki-yay explosive, mostly watchable and, unfortunately, almost entirely forgettable after its final bang.
Read More | Original Score: B-
June 26, 2007
Director Len Wiseman never lets the movie slow down enough for us to think about what's happening. And he gives us some amusing things to keep us occupied, including one particularly fitting cameo.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 25, 2007
Tone careens madly from serious peril to action camp and everything in between, but the sheer quantity of often outrageous stunts should help overcome franchise mustiness.
June 25, 2007
For a pure summer power trip, it's a decent throwback to the pure-brawn heyday of Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, an agreeable respite from today's cartoonlike ballets of computer-generated action.
June 25, 2007
As long as you understand that [LFODH] is nothing more or less than a three-ring festival of intricate stunts and pyrotechnic effects, punctuated with clown routines, you may not mind that it's about a half-hour longer than it needs to be.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 25, 2007
Stunt work is among the best ever committed to film. There is something very satisfying in this digital age about an action film where CGI doesn't overwhelm, actors are in great physical shape and huge spaces are actual sets.