Die Hard
Die Hard (1988)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its many imitators (and sequels) have never come close to matching the taut thrills of the definitive holiday action classic.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Die Hard is an action picture with a capital A. In fact, you might as well go ahead and capitalize the whole darn word.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A masterpiece of populist filmmaking.

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Kevin Thomas
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.

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Variety Staff

Die Hard is as high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be.

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Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph

Yippee-ki-yay, action fans.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A serviceable if rather overextended and overblown adventure thriller.

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Total Film

For all its moments of almost overwhelming cheese, Die Hard is still the definitive action thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An exhilarating all-time classic of action movies, impressively well directed and tense when it needs to be, while always surprising us with its well… More
KJ Proulx
John McClane is one of the most memorable action stars in recent memory and Bruce Willis is just a blast to watch on screen. Taking place in one building for… More
xGary Xx
When terrorists take the staff of a hi tec skyscraper hostage during a Christmas Eve party, a lone New York cop trapped in the building with them fights for… More
Red Lats
I'm not a fan of most action movies - most seem to give up any thinking to concentrate on the chase or explosion or shooting scenes. But Die Hard is a… More
Everett Johnson
"Die Hard" is one of my personal all time favorites and it holds a special place in my heart. When I was little my Dad worked night shift a lot at… More
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