'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
  • Rafer Guzman Newsday
    Frenetically directed by John Moore from a sketchy script by Skip Woods, A Good Day to Die Hard has the dubious distinction of making John McClane unlikeable. He's had some bad days in the past, but this one finally got him down.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    38
    This 97-minute piffle may run a full half-hour shorter than its predecessors, but it is so dull and lacking in creativity and tension that it feels like the longest one.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ali Gray TheShiznit.co.uk
    60
    Not a good day exactly, but not a goodnight to Die Hard either.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joanna Langfield The Movie Minute
    A bazillion shots are fired, a gazillion vehicles and buildings are blown up. Oops: sorry! Did I forget to say "SPOILER ALERT"?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Tilly IGN Movies
    62
    While it may not be time for McClane to hang up his vest just yet, the formula is starting to seem tired, and it feels like the end might be approaching for this particular franchise.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Beliefnet
    67
    Chases. Explosions. Guns. Crashes. Wisecracks. Punches.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Gross Austin American-Statesman
    42
    One continues to long for the days when McClane was just a cop on vacation and his smirk was just one of his weapons and not the entire arsenal.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    42
    Woods's screenplay doesn't even bother to make sense and telegraphs its blunders. It's a pile of cliched plot holes sauced with strained one liners.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeffrey Lyles Lyles' Movie Files
    20
    To say this is the worst of the series doesn't give its unique level of awfulness justice. That's largely because the franchise hasn't had a stinker up to this point, but this is the 'Rocky V' of the beloved franchise and it reeks.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf Blu-ray.com
    17
    R.I.P. Die Hard franchise (1988-1995). We'll always have Nakatomi Plaza.
    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