“Die Hard 5? Nope, Not By A Long Shot”
“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“What A Terrific Trash!”
“Well....it Has Die Hard In The Title.”
“Not The High Of The Series Past, But More An Action Film For Set Towards A New Audience.”
“Die Hard Is Dead. Long Live McClane.”
“The Further Adventures Of John McClane And Son”
“I Kinda Thought We Would Just Wing It, You Know. Running In, Guns Blazing! Make It Up As We Go.”
“While Its Barley Worthy Enough To Call Itself A "Die Hard" Its Still Not As Horrible As It Could Of Been. It Suffers From A Middling Plot, Uninspired Chemistry & A Not-so Intriguing Premise Overall. But Nevertheless It Was Nice Seeing John McClane Again.”
“The Well Has Certainly Dried Up For The Die Hard Franchise.”
“Everything That Was Great About The Die Hard Franchise Is Ripped Away Leaving Nothing, But The Shell Of Its Former Self.”
Die Hard 5 leaves room for McClane to make a few jokes about his thinning hair and to rue that he wasn't a better father when his kids were growing up. Oh, boo-hoo. Now go kill some more scumbags.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Everything that made the first "Die Hard" memorable -- the nuances of character, the political subtext, the cowboy wit -- has been dumbed down or scrubbed away entirely.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Obnoxious, over the top and often dull.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
No two viewers will assemble the same narrative from this Rorschach of running men, crashing glass, and hollered exposition.
Alan Scherstuhl - Village Voice
This leaden flick is completely joyless.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
A Good Day to Die Hard isn't just the weakest of the Die Hard pictures; it's a lousy action movie on its own terms.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
If Harvard Business School wants to do a case study on how to debase a once-respected brand, they needn't look any further than the Die Hard movies.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
While some of the sequels have been entertaining enough, "A Good Day to Die Hard" signals that it may be a better day for John McClane to retire.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Generally speaking, the action elements aren't the problem here. They're certainly loud enough. It's the obligatory intra-family squabbling and preposterous plotting that threaten to derail this nonsensical sequel.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Mr. Willis has said in interviews that he's open to a sixth "Die Hard" film. Next time, Bruce, please read the script.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
At 98 minutes, this is by far the shortest of the Die Hard films, the rest of which run more than two hours. But it ends not a moment too soon.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
A Good Day to Die Hard is pointless and joyless, a barrage of noise and chaos, an onslaught of destruction without the slightest mention of consequence.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
True, a lot of stuff gets blown up and stunts that must have cost the Earth appear with startling regularity, but the sense of exhilaration and fun that marked the best of the series has gone unaccountably AWOL.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Loud and tedious...not a decent villain or catchphrase in it.
Roger Moore - Movie Nation
A Good Day To Die Hard is an ugly, crass and uncomfortably mean-spirited sequel that bears no resemblance to its predecessors.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
Continuity has become a thing of the past for the franchise, which would help itself by not continuing anymore.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Frenetically directed by John Moore from a sketchy script by Skip Woods, A Good Day to Die Hard has the dubious distinction of making John McClane unlikeable. He's had some bad days in the past, but this one finally got him down.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
This 97-minute piffle may run a full half-hour shorter than its predecessors, but it is so dull and lacking in creativity and tension that it feels like the longest one.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Not a good day exactly, but not a goodnight to Die Hard either.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
A bazillion shots are fired, a gazillion vehicles and buildings are blown up. Oops: sorry! Did I forget to say "SPOILER ALERT"?
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
While it may not be time for McClane to hang up his vest just yet, the formula is starting to seem tired, and it feels like the end might be approaching for this particular franchise.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies
Chases. Explosions. Guns. Crashes. Wisecracks. Punches.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
One continues to long for the days when McClane was just a cop on vacation and his smirk was just one of his weapons and not the entire arsenal.
Joe Gross - Austin American-Statesman
Woods's screenplay doesn't even bother to make sense and telegraphs its blunders. It's a pile of cliched plot holes sauced with strained one liners.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
To say this is the worst of the series doesn't give its unique level of awfulness justice. That's largely because the franchise hasn't had a stinker up to this point, but this is the 'Rocky V' of the beloved franchise and it reeks.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
R.I.P. Die Hard franchise (1988-1995). We'll always have Nakatomi Plaza.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
To paraphrase a classic of Reagan-era cinema, "A Good Day to Die Hard" is a bad day to stop sniffing glue.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As the series gets longer and our hero gets older, the action only gets louder and the hair-raising situations become more unbelievable.
Vince Horiuchi - Salt Lake Tribune
Twenty-five years after the original "Die Hard," John McClane may not have lost a step, but the franchise that features him sure has.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
A poor excuse to Die Hard.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
Did we need another Die Hard? No. But as long as the action is this intense and superficially fun, then keep them coming.
Rick Bentley - Fresno Bee
A complete waste of time on every level. Loud, obnoxious, boring, cartoonish, morally reprehensible, and just plain stupid.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
It plunges to the depths of "Superman IV," "Death Wish V" and other sorry sequels that now exist today largely as the least-played discs in Blu-Ray box sets.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The plot -- which takes a while to get going, not in terms of action but in creating interest -- is a series of long, violent set-pieces.
Louis Black - Austin Chronicle
Nobody goes to a movie in this franchise expecting an exercise in intelligence, but even the most die-hard fans will have a difficult time swallowing [this] entry...which falls into the depths of dumbness at the very start and goes downhill from there.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Those going to see the latest John McClane movie (the 5th), expecting another smart and sassy Die Hard, instead get Transformers, Part 12.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
It's "A Good Day to Die Hard," aka "We've Got No Story To Speak Of But We Do Have an Infinite Special Effects Budget and We're Not Afraid To Spend It."
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
Willis may not be the film's saving grace, but he is some kind of grace nonetheless, really the only thing in the movie.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The noisiest, silliest, and lousiest entry in the action franchise that began 25 years ago.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A wholly generic international actioner barely distinguished by the presence of Willis's banner hero.
John Semley - Slant Magazine
John McClane's latest outing delivers everything you should expect from the minds responsible for tripe like Max Payne and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
It's probably a good day to end the series at last, but it's an action-packed and entertaining finale.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
With little going for A Good Day to Die Hard in any aspect really, it's certainly a disappointing addition to the Die Hard franchise
Stefan Pape - HeyUGuys
While the first Die Hard was a Swiss watch of precise plotting and layered character development - the next three installments could, at least, tell time - A Good Day to Die Hard makes lots of noise but little sense.
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
...true to the series in one crucial way: its zen-like commitment to wanton chaos.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Even taken at face value as a stand-alone film, unconnected to a franchise, A Good Day To Die Hard just plain doesn't work.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Starts off with the right idea but undermines itself with an almost non-existent storyline, interminable padding, indestructible good guys and genuine insults to the audience's intelligence.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Whatever future this series may have, A Good Day to Die Hard is its current nadir.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Give Courtney the lead role in a spin-off and call it a good day to wrap up.
Steve Newall - Flicks.co.nz