Friday, April 19, 2024

New “Die Hard” Flick Rates a Zero, Gets One Star from Fox-Owned NY Post


UPDATE Thursday 12AM– Now 46 negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, five not negative. Rating is up to a robust 10%.

From Wednesday: “A Good Day to Die Hard” must be really, really bad. So far eight of eight reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes has given it a zero. And one of those reviewers was Lou Lumenick in the Murdoch-owned New York Post. “Die Hard” is a Fox franchise, also owned by Murdoch. But the Post says “Good Day” is “dead on arrival.” Lumenick adds: “There’s evidence of panicked last-minute editing on this film, which at 97 minutes is by far the shortest in a series whose previous installments each clocked in at more than two hours. But trust me, this one still moves so slowly that it feels like it’s longer than two hours.”

The other seven negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes include Tony Scott in the New York Times and a blogger named Brian Tallerico who says: “A complete waste of time on every level. Loud, obnoxious, boring, cartoonish, morally reprehensible, and just plain stupid.” Wow. “Good Day” opens tomorrow, Valentine’s Day, for some reason.

PS The original director of the “Die Hard” series, John McTiernan, was unavailable this time. He’s serving a year long prison sentence connected to the Anthony Pellicano scandal. Seems like they should have waited to make this “Die Hard” until he was out.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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