Box art for Live Free or Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard

action & adventure, drama, thrillers


When an attack on the vulnerable United States infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation over the Fourth of July weekend, New York City Detective McClane uses his old-school ways to frustrate the hi-tech hacker.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    82%
  • Audience Score
    86%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

First non-R Die Hard still a big blowout.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this fourth Die Hard movie is the first in the franchise not to get an R rating (which may be more about the culture than the movie itself), it's still full of frequent, noisy, painful-looking violence that yields plenty of injuries and dead bodies. Expect bloody shootings, falls, body smashes, strangulations, punches, slaps, kicks, spectacular car crashes and flips, huge explosions, and ferocious hand-to-hand fights. A boy puts his hand on Lucy's bra during a make-out session; there are also brief cleavage shots and an extended kiss. Language includes an unfinished exclamation of "Yippee-ki-yay, motherf---er," as well as multiple uses of "s--t," "hell," and "ass."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why we love action movies. What is it about filmgoers that we like to see things blow up?
  • Talk with your kids about the difference between real life and fantasy -- even teens (especially if they're driving). Point out that consequences exist -- even if it makes you feel humorless.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fresh:

- Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fresh: The Die Hard series was about as animated as Rockys face until director Len Wiseman restored it to its kinetic essence...

- Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix, Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Audience Reviews

5 stars

After One bad sequel (Die Hard 2) and one average sequel (Die Hard: With A Vengeance) Live Free Or Die Hard brings back the solid elements that made the first film so great, and ultimately one of the best action films ever made. Live Free Or Die Hard is a fine return to form, and is by far the best Die Hard film since the first one. Bruce Willis is back as maverick cop, John McClane, and boy does he seem determined in this fourth entry of the Die Hard franchise. John McClane hasn't felt this menacing since the first film. Live Free Or Die Hard, is a different film from all the others, and is a bit risky considering we live in a time where we're vulnerable to terrorists. But it's just plain entertainment. Now before seeing this film, I skeptical, I did sort of enjoy the third entry, but felt it lacked something to truly make it memorable. So I had high hopes for this sequel. So I saw the film, and I was stunned at what I saw; the film is a fine return to it's action roots, as I felt that the last two sequels had more of a humourous approach, which cheapened the films slightly. But in this fourth film, we have a few of the traditional John McClane wise cracks, but the filmmakers don't overdue it. This is my favorite Die Hard since the first one, and I enjoy how they managed to do something totally new and refreshing with the overall plot of the franchise. In this fourth entry we have a terrorist who is played marvelously well by Timothy Olymphant who uses techno terrorism to wreak havoc on the United States. Olymphant is very surprising in the role, and he truly is menacing and convincing. I find him quite a hit and miss actor, but with this film he truly delivered one of the best performance since Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber in the first one. Live Free or Die Hard boasts an impressive cast of actors. This is a phenomenal action film that delivers on the action, and the thrills, Everything that made the first Die Hard great is here, and more. The only difference is, this film is set in the 21st century. The threats are more realistic this time around, and who know with the techno terrorism going on in the film, maybe this will be the face oif terror in the next 50 years. A must see if you loved the first Die Hard.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, October 5, 2010

4 stars

Cast: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Jeffrey Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Palermo, Yorgo Constantine, Yancey Arias, Maggie Q Director: Len Wiseman Summary: John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back and badder than ever, and this time he's working for Homeland Security. He calls on the services of a young hacker (Justin Long) in his bid to stop a ring of Internet terrorists intent on taking control of America's computer infrastructure. Fear not, the information-age plot still boasts plenty of good old-fashioned gunfights, smash-ups and explosions. My Thoughts: "Love a good action film, and this one definitely delivered. Love all the "Die Hard" films. Had some really good exploisions scenes. The story was interesting and kept you attention all the way through. I liked Justin Long in this. Thought he fit the role good. Kevin Smith was a nice surprise. All in all a great action film. If you like action packed films and shit that blows up, then this is your kind of film."

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, August 10, 2010

3 stars

B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010