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.

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common sense

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


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


- 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

4 stars

Erases the 3rd and def a return to the good old days of action movies.

- jmanard52, Saturday, August 30, 2008

4 stars

Erases the 3rd and def a return to the good old days of action movies.

- jmanard52, Saturday, August 30, 2008

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