'A Good Day to Die Hard' Critic Reviews

61%
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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Obnoxious, over the top and often dull.
    Full Review » 1 year 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 » 1 year ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    This leaden flick is completely joyless.
    Full Review » 1 year 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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year ago
  • Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm
    75
    ...true to the series in one crucial way: its zen-like commitment to wanton chaos.
    Full Review » 1 year 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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year ago
  • Roger Moore Movie Nation
    38
    Loud and tedious...not a decent villain or catchphrase in it.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Jonathan Lack We Got This Covered
    30
    A Good Day To Die Hard is an ugly, crass and uncomfortably mean-spirited sequel that bears no resemblance to its predecessors.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    38
    Continuity has become a thing of the past for the franchise, which would help itself by not continuing anymore.
    Full Review » 1 year 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 » 1 year 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 » 1 year ago
  • Ali Gray TheShiznit.co.uk
    60
    Not a good day exactly, but not a goodnight to Die Hard either.
    Full Review » 1 year 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 » 1 year ago