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It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"Die Hard is an action picture with a capital A. In fact, you might as well go ahead and capitalize the whole darn word."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"In the first half of Director John McTiernan's movie, Willis wears an undershirt. In the second half he gets rid of it. And that's pretty much it for his performance."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"This is the action thriller that minted Bruce Willis's career, launched a franchise and still stands as a giant of the genre."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Willis gleefully strips down the action movie to a pretend game for children who like to fire guns and shoot bad guys. Machismo may never be the same."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"Most of the action is run-of-the-mill Hollywood blood and thunder, but a couple of scenes are unusually reprehensible."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Die Hard is as high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"For all its moments of almost overwhelming cheese, Die Hard is still the definitive action thriller."
‑ , Total Film
"Die Hard is probably the most manipulative movie I've seen this year, but since it makes no bones about being manipulative and does it so well, this not only isn't a problem -- it's fun."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"DIE HARD is a classic film. Simply put, every single thing works."
‑ JimmyO, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"McTiernan, who directed last summer's Predator, composes the action cleanly and logically, making good use of Jackson DeGovia's elaborate post-modernist set-the building becomes something of a character in itself."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"A serviceable if rather overextended and overblown adventure thriller."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Within the narrow framework of the hard-action genre, Die Hard is almost as good as it gets."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The very pinnacle of the '80s action movie, and if it's not the greatest action movie ever made, then it's damn close."
‑ Andrew Collins, Empire Magazine
"... Not only the best action movie ever made but one of the very best of any genre."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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