(1988)

Critic Reviews

70

Metascore

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100
ReelViews
Not only is it a thrill-a-minute ride, but it has one of the best film villains in recent memory, a hero everyone can relate to, dialogue that crackles with wit, and a lot of very impressive pyrotechnics.
100
Mr. Showbiz
This brash, clever picture caught the attention of audiences after years of moribund product from the likes of Schwarzenegger and Stallone.
88
USA Today
The result is a foot-stomping rouser. Where else can you get a cop in his underwear boogalooing with skyscraper terrorists? [15 July 1988, Life, p.4D]
80
A firepowered, blood-drenched action picture that doesn't let up.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Slick, glossy, overblown, implausible. [15 July 1988, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
75
Chicago Tribune
Has everything but a personality. [15 July 1988, Friday, p.A]
70
The New York Times
Has to be the most excessive film around. It piles every known element of the action genre onto the flimsy story. [15 July 1988]
70
As high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be.
60
Los Angeles Times
As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome; as a human drama, it is disgusting and silly, a mindless depiction of carnage on an epic scale. [15 July 1988, Calendar, p.6-1]
60
A triumph of slick direction and lowbrow thrills, marred but not spoiled by a sour aftertaste.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
On a technical level, there's a lot to be said for Die Hard. It's when we get to some of the unnecessary adornments of the script that the movie shoots itself in the foot.

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