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Die Hard With a Vengeance Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    58

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Put to the sequel litmus test, queasily spectacular Vengeance would only rate a footnote without a strong original to exploit - or a protracted telephone-terrorist subplot to steal from Dirty Harry 1. [19May1995 Pg.01.D]

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In Die Hard With a Vengeance, McTiernan stages individual sequences with great finesse (there's a terrific bit with Willis and five thugs in an elevator), yet they don't add up to a taut, dread-ridden whole.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    All the explosions and fights are filmed with consummate skill, and are thrilling in their own right. But that's where it stops. The pacing is erratic and the level of tension ebbs and flows.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Die Hard With a Vengeance is basically a wind-up action toy, cleverly made, and delivered with high energy. It delivers just what it advertises, with a vengeance.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Less hand-to-hand combat, but still a very violent sequel.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Die Hard with a Vengeance includes constant violent episodes and a series of threats of violence. (This installment in the Die Hard franchise does, however, have less hand-to-hand combat and individual violence. Instead, it includes larger explosions that target an increased number of innocent citizens.) Both good guys and bad guys use vulgar language and physical violence to get their points across. McClane drives recklessly when in pursuit of the villains. Parents may seriously want to consider the effects of watching this film in post-9/11 America. The bad guys blow up city blocks, plant bombs in parks, and target the subway system. It may be a little too close to real life for comfort. In addition, as with all of the Die Hard films, the protagonist John seeks justice through his own means (and contrary to rules of law).

  • Families can talk about issues regarding race and public knowledge. What drives Zeus's feelings regarding race? How do his actions adhere to or deviate from the opinions he expresses early on? How can individuals work though such feelings?
  • What is the point of all the violence in this movie? Is it used to illustrate a point, or for entertainment? What affect does watching a lot of violence have on kids, teens, and adults?
  • During the film, the police know of a threat on a public school. They withhold this information in an attempt to avoid a citywide panic. Should the police have shared this kind of information with the public or keep it a secret in to attempt to maintain public safety?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: "Good" and "bad" are clearly distinguished but violence is used to solve all problems. It presents a very complex image of government, police, and civilians (traitors, incompetents, and vigilantes).

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The film includes individuals who risk their lives for those of strangers and more problematic characters who live to risk others' lives. As in all of the Die Hard films, the police appear wholly inept. The villains appear as stereotypical evil Germans. McClane actually seems to put fewer innocent people in jeopardy in this version. This movie is the first in the series to include a woman in an active role (aside from Molly McClane). She is, though, a ruthless killer.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Exploding city block, lots of gunplay, knife fight, throat slitting, physical violence by a gang of African American men, chain fight, explosion of a NYC subway system, bank robbery, lots of blood, near drowning, bomb planted in a school.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Brief moments of rough foreplay between two of the villains.

  • language false5

    Language: Racial slurs, constant use of "f--k," plus frequent swearing by both good guys and bad guys that includes "s--t," "pr--k," "ass," "Goddamn" and more.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: John is hung over when the film starts.

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