Bruce Willis returns as John McClane in “A Good Day to Die Hard,” the fifth outing in the “Die Hard” franchise. The film opens today, Feb. 14, in movie theaters nationwide, and the critics have been pretty harsh on it, according to review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.
At the time of this post, only nine of the 72 reviews gathered have given the film a positive review, which totals to only a 13% score. This is the worst score for any of the “Die Hard” films, which have all received mostly positive reviews. The only other entry that is considered “rotten” on the site is “Die Hard with a Vengeance,” which has a 52% score.
Chicago Sun-Times reviewer Richard Roeper said the latest “Die Hard” entry strips its main character “of any traces of an actual three-dimensional character.” Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips says the fifth entry “isn’t just the weakest of the ‘Die Hard’ pictures; it’s a lousy action movie on its own terms.” Rich Heldenfels of the Akron Beacon Journal gave the film a mildly positive review, calling it “easily the worst and most ridiculous of the ‘Die Hard’ films, but one that still fills the audience need for gunplay, explosions, a chatty villain, heavy machinery, wisecracks, and an indestructible Willis with can-you-believe-this? excess.”