Parents' Guide to

Live Free or Die Hard

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

First non-R Die Hard still a big blowout.

Movie PG-13 2007 129 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 9+

Surprisingly good, Justin Long holds his own.

age 15+

Only PG-13 rated installment is still lots of fun!

Explosions, shootouts, and excitement are all present in the 4th installment in this brilliant franchise! Plus it's rated PG-13, so it's tamer than it's predecessors, and just because it's tamer, doesn't mean is lame, because it's just as exciting as the last 3 movies!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (41 ):

More than the second and third movies, the diverting Live Free grapples with John's cowboy machismo. Reviving an action-movie style that's quite opposed to recent technological acrobatics, comic book antics, or wire-work martial arts, Live Free or Die Hard presents John as a manly man who spends most of the movie filthy and bloodied, less desperate and sentimental than 24's Jack Bauer, but equally adept at handling "terrorists," fake or real. He's also great fun to watch, going all scrunchy-faced during amazing stunts.

Live Free gestures toward a flag-waving U.S. patriotism, set as it is around Independence Day. But it's focused on John's particular renegade-ness. Even if he shares Gabriel's irritation at slow-thinking government officials, John is absolutely heroic -- and always right.

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