'A Good Day to Die Hard' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   12 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   49 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Die Hard 5 leaves room for McClane to make a few jokes about his thinning hair and to rue that he wasn't a better father when his kids were growing up. Oh, boo-hoo. Now go kill some more scumbags.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Everything that made the first "Die Hard" memorable -- the nuances of character, the political subtext, the cowboy wit -- has been dumbed down or scrubbed away entirely.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Obnoxious, over the top and often dull.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice (Top Critic)
    No two viewers will assemble the same narrative from this Rorschach of running men, crashing glass, and hollered exposition.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    This leaden flick is completely joyless.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    A Good Day to Die Hard isn't just the weakest of the Die Hard pictures; it's a lousy action movie on its own terms.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    If Harvard Business School wants to do a case study on how to debase a once-respected brand, they needn't look any further than the Die Hard movies.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    While some of the sequels have been entertaining enough, "A Good Day to Die Hard" signals that it may be a better day for John McClane to retire.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    Generally speaking, the action elements aren't the problem here. They're certainly loud enough. It's the obligatory intra-family squabbling and preposterous plotting that threaten to derail this nonsensical sequel.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Mr. Willis has said in interviews that he's open to a sixth "Die Hard" film. Next time, Bruce, please read the script.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    At 98 minutes, this is by far the shortest of the Die Hard films, the rest of which run more than two hours. But it ends not a moment too soon.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    A Good Day to Die Hard is pointless and joyless, a barrage of noise and chaos, an onslaught of destruction without the slightest mention of consequence.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    True, a lot of stuff gets blown up and stunts that must have cost the Earth appear with startling regularity, but the sense of exhilaration and fun that marked the best of the series has gone unaccountably AWOL.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    50
    To paraphrase a classic of Reagan-era cinema, "A Good Day to Die Hard" is a bad day to stop sniffing glue.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Vince Horiuchi Salt Lake Tribune
    50
    As the series gets longer and our hero gets older, the action only gets louder and the hair-raising situations become more unbelievable.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Grierson Screen International
    Twenty-five years after the original "Die Hard," John McClane may not have lost a step, but the franchise that features him sure has.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Singer ScreenCrush
    30
    A poor excuse to Die Hard.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rick Bentley Fresno Bee
    67
    Did we need another Die Hard? No. But as long as the action is this intense and superficially fun, then keep them coming.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Tallerico HollywoodChicago.com
    10
    A complete waste of time on every level. Loud, obnoxious, boring, cartoonish, morally reprehensible, and just plain stupid.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Sobczynski eFilmCritic.com
    20
    It plunges to the depths of "Superman IV," "Death Wish V" and other sorry sequels that now exist today largely as the least-played discs in Blu-Ray box sets.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Louis Black Austin Chronicle
    40
    The plot -- which takes a while to get going, not in terms of action but in creating interest -- is a series of long, violent set-pieces.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    17
    Nobody goes to a movie in this franchise expecting an exercise in intelligence, but even the most die-hard fans will have a difficult time swallowing [this] entry...which falls into the depths of dumbness at the very start and goes downhill from there.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tony Macklin tonymacklin.net
    30
    Those going to see the latest John McClane movie (the 5th), expecting another smart and sassy Die Hard, instead get Transformers, Part 12.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Soren Anderson Seattle Times
    50
    It's "A Good Day to Die Hard," aka "We've Got No Story To Speak Of But We Do Have an Infinite Special Effects Budget and We're Not Afraid To Spend It."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
    25
    Willis may not be the film's saving grace, but he is some kind of grace nonetheless, really the only thing in the movie.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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