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: July 15, 1988
DVD 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.

Chris Chase
New York Daily News

There are good performances from everyone in this long, often funny, very violent but exciting melodrama.

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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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Charles Mudede
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Here, postmodern architecture meets Reagan-era Hollywood cinema and makes lots of movie magic.

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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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Sebastian Zavala Kahn
Me gusta el cine

Exciting, tense, expertly edited and directed, full of well-constructed characters and lots of action. [Full review in Spanish]

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A masterpiece of populist filmmaking.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
We are rapidly approaching Christmas, and with it comes the usual slew of articles and listicles about the greatest Christmas films. And regardless of what film… More
Jens S.
Still one of the, if not the, best action film of all times. A great hero, a unique location, an excellent bad guy and plenty of kick-ass action. Doesn't… More
Carlos Magalhães
An exhilarating all-time classic action movie that is not only impressively well directed and tense when it needs to be but also always surprises us with its… 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
Christopher Heim
Remains a stone-cold action classic even by modern movie standards. The premise is widely inventive, the action is always tense, the comedy is on-point, and the… 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