Live Free or Die Hard
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On the Fourth of July weekend, an attack on the vulnerable United States infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation. The mysterious figure behind the scheme has figured out every modern angle... but he never figured on McClane--the old-school "analog" fly in the "digital" ointment. It's the beginning of the holiday, but New York City Detective McClane isn't celebrating. He's had yet another argument with his college-age daughter Lucy, and received a crushingly routine assignment to bring in a young hacker, Matt Farrell, for questioning by the FBI. But… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Len Wiseman handles many of the set-pieces with flair and tension."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"An enjoyable pop projection of post-9/11 anxiety. That said, it also makes you nostalgic for the days when irresponsible action movies didn't have to deal with it."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's an over-the-top spectacle of action violence, and I loved it."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Brainless? Sure. Entertaining? Yup."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out Chicago
"Fred Flinstone in the land of the Jetsons"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"It's not remotely plausible, but with Willis' McClane leaping onto the tailfins of passing jet fighters and bringing down helicopters by launching police cars at them, there's enough stuff blowing up that action fans won't mind much."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"What's the fourth "Die Hard" called? I keep forgetting. "Die Hard: With a Pension"? "Die Hardened Arteries"? "Die Laughing"?"
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Provided you don't put too much thought into it and just enjoy the ride, you'll have a blast."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Though it's mostly entertaining (if overlong), there is a sense that the whole thing has become somewhat rote."
‑ Kim Newman, Sight and Sound
"Pulled off with just the right spatial Úlan"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The bad guys' omnipotence at nearly every turn dilutes the film's suspense."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Movie characters like McClane are the Paul Bunyans and John Henrys and Pecos Bills of our age, the stuff of tall tales spun with the technology of an age whose campfires are found in multiplexes with stadium seating."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Ultimately, a passable new Die Hard movie is more than anyone of us ever really expected, and that in itself is worth a jolly old Yippee-Ki-Ay."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Live Free or Die Hard needs a sense of joy, a sense that despite the harrowing nature of the situation, there is something entertaining - even to the participants - about the absurdity of the situation ... it doesn't have that."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"The Die Hard series was about as animated as Rocky's face until director Len Wiseman restored it to its kinetic essence..."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
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