by bkthomson » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:19 am
Damn, Die Hard 5 is at 13% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Top Critic Review comments.
Top CriticBoth 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.
Top CriticA 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.
Top CriticMcClane 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.
Top CriticNo two viewers will assemble the same narrative from this Rorschach of running men, crashing glass, and hollered exposition.
Top CriticObnoxious, over the top and often dull.
Top CriticA 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.
Los Angeles Times
Top CriticTrue, 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.
Top CriticGenerally 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.
Top CriticAt 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.
Top CriticFrenetically 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.
Top CriticA 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.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top CriticIf 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.
Top CriticDie 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.
Top CriticIt'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."
San Francisco Chronicle
Top CriticWillis may not be the film's saving grace, but he is some kind of grace nonetheless, really the only thing in the movie.
New York Daily News
Top CriticThis leaden flick is completely joyless.
Top CriticWhile 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.
New York Post
Top CriticMr. Willis has said in interviews that he's open to a sixth "Die Hard" film. Next time, Bruce, please read the script.
New York Times
Top CriticEverything 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.