Die Hard 2
Die Hard 2 (1990)

"Another basement, another elevator...how can the same thing happen to the same guy twice?" asks John McClane (Bruce Willis), in what is doubtless the key question of this film. A year after foiling the terrorist takeover of a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 2, 1990
DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It lacks the fresh thrills of its predecessor, but Die Hard 2 still works as an over-the-top -- and reasonably taut -- big-budget sequel, with plenty of set pieces to paper over the plot deficiencies.

Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

This is the most cheerfully preposterous film of a jaw-dropping summer, which is not to say it's not fun, it's simply orchestrated Looney Tunes.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The filmmakers seem to be operating under the assumption that the way you top a successful movie is by making one that's louder, cruder and more violent.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Even in the action genre, there is such a thing as overkill. Die Hard 2: Die Harder pleads guilty to the charge but has enough redeeming plot twists to compensate for the excess.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

The summer's best sequel and most satisfying blockbuster has finally arrived. Die Hard 2 is a blast.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

The screenplay is precariously supported by the chips on John McClane's shoulders. Fortunately, it is also designed to Willis' unique specs.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Though it has an inventive and unexpected plot twist, Die Hard 2 lacks credibility. "Die Hard" was that rare modern action picture with a wholly believable plot.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Even when the script wanders into cynical overkill, Harlin makes sure the violence has some impact, some moral consequence, by sketching in characters for a few representative victims.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A number of scenes have been staged with satisfying kinetic flair, and Willis once again makes an appealing superhero. Yet without that great big booby-trapped skyscraper to hold the action together, the suspense dissipates.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

One might think a movie with a reported budget of $62 million would have had a few bucks to spend on a gaffe spotter.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
The plot is pretty dumb and lacks the freshness of the first one, but the action is still great and Bruce Willis remains charming as the flawed John McClane.
Everett Johnson
"Die Hard 2" is the first of 4 sequels to the amazing "Die Hard". This is pretty much the first movie, only on a plane. Terrorists have… More
Jens S.
Did not quite age as well as the films before and after it. Lacks the unique location of the original and is a bit messy in its plot. Doesn't change the… More
Cast: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, William Sadler, Dennis Franz, Fred Dalton Thompson, Franco Nero, John Amos, Bill Sadler, Reginald… More
Carlos Magalhães
An infuriating and brainless sequel that takes an endless long time for something to finally happen and needs every single character to act as a complete idiot… More
KJ Proulx
Weaker, less interesting, and having a ham-handed script, "Die Hard 2: Die Harder" is everything you would expect from a sequel to an amazing action… More