The Grade Book: “A Good Day to Die Hard”

A Good Day to Die Hard

Plot: John McClane travels to Russia to find his son, only for the two to get caught up in an assassination attempt that involves a whistle blower. 

Director: John Moore.

Writer: Skip Woods.

Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Genres: Action, Thriller.

Running Time: 1 hour and 37 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: A Good Day to Die Hard is an insult to the franchise that spawned it, full of messy writing, mediocre acting, and terrible direction. It contains a couple of good action pieces, but that’s about it.



  • Gabriel Alcantara (Big Gabe):

Grade: C+

While being the weakest film of the series (or being a downright joke rather), while breaking all laws of physics and common sense, while being just completely stupid, mindless and filled with missed opportunities and bad writing, plus losing so many aspects to what makes the Die Hard series great… I still had fun watching it. It was great escapism and that’s all I needed. End of story.

  • Christian Becker:

Grade: C-

The Die Hard franchise has officially hit rock bottom, and it seems that this has picked up elements from Michael Bay’s style of filmmaking and storytelling. The action is sometimes impressive and the John McClane wit is still alive and well, but the poor dialogue, story, John Moore’s terrible direction, plot and horrible “bad guy” all leave this fifth entry to ashes. An hour and thirty seven minutes into the film and I still couldn’t figure out what the plot was, which is terrible news for a film like Die Hard.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: F

The worst film of 2013 so far. A waste of digital space. I find no joy in saying this

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: D+

A boring, uninteresting movie that has no semblance to the original Die Hard movies. Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney are entertaining as father and son, but the villains are terrible — with no real reasoning behind what they’re doing or personality whatsoever. John Moore directs this movie into the ground with poor action, no character development, and terrible dialogue. If you love Die Hard then stay away, because this surely isn’t it.

  • Nick Iacobucci:

Grade: C+

A Good Day to Die Hard might work for die hard fans of Die Hard, but for most the ludicrous plot and actions of the characters will leave you asking why they even made this movie. I unfortunately did not hate the film utterly or completely.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: C

If you’re a fan of Die Hard, prepare to be disappointed at the least. There is fun to be had, for it is not the worst movie out there, but there are too many inconsistencies that one cannot ignore. Overdrawn action sequences, juvenile dialogue, distracting CGI, and overall a plain conventional movie. On the bright side, you will appreciate the former four films much more!

  • Scott Menzel (MovieManMenzel):

Grade: C

I grew up watching the Die Hard franchise, but after seeing this film I really wish the franchise would just come to an end. The problem with A Good Day to Die Hard is not really with the character of John McClane, but rather the generic storyline and the horrible chemistry between John and his son Jack (Jai Courtney). The worst part of all is simply the action sequences, which have went from far fetched to extremely over the top and stupid. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t an awful film, but it surely isn’t what I expect when I go into a theater hoping for the next John McClane adventure.

  • William Bond Nunn:

Grade: D

It had a few enjoyable moments, but nothing to save it from the horrible cinematography, crap plot, bad acting, terrible villains, and being a major disappointment. More or less, it was the next Taken 2 and a trend of sequels that I hope don’t continue to happen.

  • Alex Perez:

Grade: F

This just isn’t Die Hard, man, and Bruce Willis isn’t playing John McClane anymore. Instead, he’s playing a superhero who can jump off of a several-story building, walk through Chernobyl, etc., without getting so much as a scratch, and whose kid is just an annoying biatch who can’t get over his daddy issues for one minute. This, along with terribly filmed, poorly edited, and WAAAAAAAY over the top action scenes, a lack of fun factor, and a convoluted storyline not only make A Good Day to Die Hard the weakest film in the Die Hard franchise, but this is just an insult to fans everywhere!

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: C+

A Good Day to Die Hard doesn’t work as a Die Hard film, but I still enjoyed it as a mindless action film. The film has endless problems, from the writing to the direction to the villains, but it does contain a few exciting moments and Bruce Willis is still pretty badass — besides not seeming like John McClane much anymore. Watchable, but disappointing.

  • Christian Ruvalcaba:

Grade: D-

As much as it kills me to say, this is by far the worst film in the Die Hard franchise. Fans of the series will be disappointed by the lack of alignment in the John McClane character. At times it doesn’t feel like a Die Hard film, but rather a mindless action film. The movie looks awful, the acting is horrific, and the writing feels forced and unwanted. Sadly, this movie had so much potential but falls flat.

  • Dean Searle:

Grade: F

The Rocky V of the franchise that people will swear never happened in years to come. This isn’t Die Hard, this isn’t even an action movie, it’s just dire. Marks my first walkout.

  • Brandt Sohn: 

Grade: D

They officially made one too many. The writing is awful and does not allow Bruce Willis to be John McClane. The story makes hardly any sense and the action is poorly filmed, aside from a couple of cool moments. This is a mindless action film that hardly feels like a Die Hard movie. The best thing going for A Good Day to Die Hard is that it makes me appreciate Die Hard 2 a whole lot more. Too bad it cost me $9 to gain that appreciation.

  • Delon Villanueva:

Grade: D+

A perfect example of ruining a franchise. Not only does this film fail as a Die Hard movie, but fails as an action movie overall. Director John Moore and screenwriter Skip Woods absolutely waste all of its potential, due to their laziness and poor creative judgment. Do NOT give these guys a high-profile project EVER again. Although it’s nice to see Bruce Willis on-screen and in action, and Jai Courtney as his son ain’t so bad either, the two are given literally nothing to work with. One of the biggest disappointments in a long time.

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