100

Mr. Showbiz

This brash, clever picture caught the attention of audiences after years of moribund product from the likes of Schwarzenegger and Stallone.
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Not only is it a thrill-a-minute ride, but it has one of the best film villains in recent memory, a hero everyone can relate to, dialogue that crackles with wit, and a lot of very impressive pyrotechnics.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The result is a foot-stomping rouser. Where else can you get a cop in his underwear boogalooing with skyscraper terrorists? [15 July 1988, Life, p.4D]
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80

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
A firepowered, blood-drenched action picture that doesn't let up.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Has everything but a personality. [15 July 1988, Friday, p.A]
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Slick, glossy, overblown, implausible. [15 July 1988, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
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70

Variety

As high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be.
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70

The New York Times

Has to be the most excessive film around. It piles every known element of the action genre onto the flimsy story. [15 July 1988]
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60

TV Guide

A triumph of slick direction and lowbrow thrills, marred but not spoiled by a sour aftertaste.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
On a technical level, there's a lot to be said for Die Hard. It's when we get to some of the unnecessary adornments of the script that the movie shoots itself in the foot.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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