The well has certainly dried up for the Die Hard franchise.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
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
Both assaultive and tiresome, "A Good Day to Die Hard" barely registers on the action movie Richter scale. It goes bang, it goes boom, and then it blessedly goes away.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
It took 25 years, but with the fifth and latest entry, "A Good Day to Die Hard," the series has finally devolved into joyless sludge.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
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
For anyone who remembers the "Die Hard" adventures at their vital and exciting best, this film feels like a near-death experience.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
It's all more than a little silly, but Willis' presence at least provides undercurrents of easy jocularity.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
An explosive, high-capacity-clip letdown.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
McClane has been stripped of any real traces of an actual three-dimensional character. We feel as if we're watching Bruce Willis in a Bruce Willis movie in which Bruce Willis can survive anything while taking out the villains, video-game style.
Richard Roeper - Chicago Sun-Times
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
Unnecessary but not unwatchable, this maintains a brisk pace as it moves through the familiar action set pieces, most of them decently orchestrated.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
A Good Day to Die Hard wants to be a movie about family values - a father and son, bonding over bullets and bombs - but it's really just about the value of a box-office franchise, and its value is on the wane.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
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
All Die Hard movies lack sense -- that's a given. This one lacks personality. And that's unforgivable.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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
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