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Die Hard 2

action & adventure


Bruce Willis returns as John McClane, an off-duty cop who is the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    66%
  • Audience Score
    70%

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  • Tomatometer®

    66%
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  • Audience

    70%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: "How can the same thing happen to the same guy twice?" asks a bewildered and ultra-ironic John McClane. Well, make a film as successful as Die Hard and you'll soon find out.

- Brian Holcomb, CinemaBlend.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Exquisite widescreen theatrics and explosive entertainment. It's an awesome machine of mayhem....a skilled sequel, a brass-knuckled bruiser of an action picture, and a sublime cinematic distraction.

- Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fresh: ...as accessible and satisfying a sequel as one might've hoped...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Saturday, July 7, 2007

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The original DIE HARD is one of the best movies I have ever seen. With both explosive thrills and a sturdy plot (not to mention the strongly accessible character created by Bruce Willis), it instantly became a cinematic breakthrough. In no way is DIE HARD 2 a breakthrough of any kind. Here, we have almost the same thing as the first entry in the series: explosions, terrorists taking over a building (this time an airport rather than an office building), a Christmas placement, and a "yippee-ki-yay" or two. Someone who hasn't seen the original DIE HARD may love this sequel, just as someone who has seen it will likely be disappointed with the sequel. Move the setting from an office building to an airport, and change Alan Rickman to Bill Sadler. Broadly, those are the only two changes to be made for DIE HARD to become DIE HARD 2.

- spielberg00, Monday, February 20, 2012

3 stars

"Die Hard 2" is the first of 4 sequels to the amazing "Die Hard". This is pretty much the first movie, only on a plane. Terrorists have taken over an airport in an attempt to get a drug lord who is being transported there free. But, McClane happens to be at the airport because his wife is flying in. She can't land because the terrorist group have made it so planes can't see the runway, so her plane is running out of fuel, and it's a race for McClane to stop them and get Holly(his wife) down safely. This is the one I have seen the least, and when watching at the marathon, it was like a whole new movie because I forgot so much. It's very exciting and has some great action, and begins the series ascend to get crazier and crazier with their action pieces. I mean he fights on the wing of a plane that is about to fly. Insane? Yup. Entertaining? Your damn right! Great sequel and the last appearance of his wife Holly, but a great way to keep the series going.

- fb100000145236770, Friday, February 15, 2013

4 stars

Holly McClane: They told me there were terrorists at the airport. John McClane: Yeah, I heard that too. What better way to follow up an action masterpiece than give it the cheesiest name known to mankind? Die Hard 2 (Die Hard 2: Die Harder) is a worthy sequel to the original, and injects some new into the old. John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker. Bruce Willis is back as John McClane. Its Christmas eve, and McClane is eagerly awaiting the arrival of his wife at Dulles International Airport. Like the first film, terrorists take control and things go haywire. John McClane: Oh man, I can't fucking believe this. Another basement. Another elevator. How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice? Instead of being condensed into a single location (like the first one), we are given a bigger location, which gives input into the old plot. We have fights at a church, on a plane, and a particularly exciting scene involving baggage claim. Trudeau: Okay, we've got a body in the morgue that seems to have died twice. Now, assuming this isn't a computer error, what do we assume? John McClane: That someone's about to seriously fuck with this airport. Trudeau: What the hell is that supposed to mean? I know we're all dummies up here, McClane, but give us a little taste of your brilliant genius! What are we talking about, a hijacking - John McClane: I don't know - Carmine Lorenzo: Oh, he's not sure! Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down! John McClane: The only people who go through this much trouble are professionals, not luggage thieves and not punks! While the plot could've been expanded a bit more to differ it slightly from the first, Die Hard 2 is still a really exciting action-packed thrill ride. John McClane: Hey Carmine, let me ask you something. What sets off the metal detectors first, the lead in your ass or the shit in your brains?

- CreedsDelight, Sunday, January 8, 2012