- Americans Hate Tingle: Although the film has a strong reputation for being So Bad, It's Good, it was still hated by many in Russia because of its stereotypes about the Russians.
- Awesome Music: "Doom and Gloom" by The Rolling Stones, the ending theme.
- Best Known for the Fanservice: Odd example. One of the few memorable moments (or at least one that most people remember about this work) has Irina getting off a motorbike and stripping off her catsuit (revealing lingerie underneath) and changing into a dress. Inexplicably, it only happens in the trailer, in the actual film, this is not shown on-screen, as it cuts from Irina beginning to unzip her suit to a scene outside, and her having already donned the dress by the time it cuts back
- Cliché Storm: Alik is your typical America-hating Russian villain. The portrayal of Russia in the movie as a whole is a hailstorm of The New Russia clichés that were already dated 20 years ago.
- Complete Monster: Alik is a Russian mercenary hired by corrupt Russian official Viktor Chagarin to kidnap Yuri Komarov from the court and extract from him the files which contain compromising information about Chagarin. To this end, Alik sent several of his people to carry in their cars bombs near the courthouse in cars, only to blow them up with his henchmen still inside, killing dozens of innocent people in the courthouse. When John McClane, Jr. has taken away Yuri from his grasp, Alik starts chasing him across the whole city, endangering countless lives and even killing several bystanders, laughing at all the mayhem that was happening around him. Capturing Yuri, Alik tried to sadistically and slowly kill John McClane and John McClane, Jr., beating them for fun.
- Critic-Proof: Averted in the US, where it was by far the lowest-grossing film in the series, not even coming close to making back its budget. Played straight internationally however, as it made back its budget and more besides.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: It was a critical success in Indonesia.
- Homegrown Hero: Both protagonists are Americans battling The Mafiya in Moscow.
- The idea that the Chernobyl accident was due to the fact that Big Bad steals military uranium from a peaceful nuclear power plant.
- The premise of the film is that ordinary Russians will protest if the authorities want to judge someone from the oligarchs, while in fact, the word "oligarch" in the CIS is abusive and many people would support it, even on a contrived charge.
- The film is so offensive to the Russians, especially in the first half of the film, that some even called it Narm Charm.
- In the movie, there literally is a Helicopter Boss. And he quietly flies in the center of Moscow, without any reaction from the army or police.
- Sequelitis: It is, at least from a critical standpoint, the weakest movie in the franchise (given the largely negative response, far and away below the other four). While the first four films had enough plot to fill two hours, the fifth barely has enough material to scratch 90 minutes, a bulk of that being action and the rest being exhausted The New Russia clichés. Fox also probably sensed a turkey, since it was the first Die Hard not to open in the summer, debuting during the Dump Months (Valentine's Day to be exact), and the film is far and away the least-attended film in the series.
- So Bad, It's Good: At best, because of his incredibly stupid settings, the complete transformation of McClane into an Invincible Hero and the huge Cliché Storm.
- Special Effects Failure: The car chase through Moscow has absolutely no continuity.
- Unfortunate Implications: As noted by the popular Russian movie blogger BadComedian in its review on the film, the plot presents it as a normal phenomenon when American agents interfere in the politics of other countries, killing people or releasing the defendants, if it is needed by the American government. And this film came at a time when relations between the United States and Russia were aggravated, and the growth of anti-American sentiments was observed in the country.
YMMV / A Good Day to Die Hard