'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
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    25
    The noisiest, silliest, and lousiest entry in the action franchise that began 25 years ago.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Semley Slant Magazine
    25
    A wholly generic international actioner barely distinguished by the presence of Willis's banner hero.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Shaun Munro What Culture
    30
    John McClane's latest outing delivers everything you should expect from the minds responsible for tripe like Max Payne and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Daniel M. Kimmel New England Movies Weekly
    70
    It's probably a good day to end the series at last, but it's an action-packed and entertaining finale.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stefan Pape HeyUGuys
    40
    With little going for A Good Day to Die Hard in any aspect really, it's certainly a disappointing addition to the Die Hard franchise
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Alonso Duralde The Wrap
    While the first Die Hard was a Swiss watch of precise plotting and layered character development - the next three installments could, at least, tell time - A Good Day to Die Hard makes lots of noise but little sense.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm
    75
    ...true to the series in one crucial way: its zen-like commitment to wanton chaos.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Drew McWeeny HitFix
    34
    Even taken at face value as a stand-alone film, unconnected to a franchise, A Good Day To Die Hard just plain doesn't work.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Bibbiani CraveOnline
    45
    Starts off with the right idea but undermines itself with an almost non-existent storyline, interminable padding, indestructible good guys and genuine insults to the audience's intelligence.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Dujsik Mark Reviews Movies
    38
    Whatever future this series may have, A Good Day to Die Hard is its current nadir.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steve Newall Flicks.co.nz
    40
    Give Courtney the lead role in a spin-off and call it a good day to wrap up.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Moore Movie Nation
    38
    Loud and tedious...not a decent villain or catchphrase in it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago