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Nowhere to Run (2003)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 7

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An escaped convict fights for his rights while hiding out from the law in this action drama. Sam Gillen (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a thief who, despite his criminal past, is an essentially decent man; he ended up behind bars after taking a murder rap for his partner. Sam escapes from prison in a daring jailbreak, and he hides out on a remote farm while on the run from police. A young boy named Mookie (Kieran Culkin) finds the fugitive and takes him in; it seems that the farm belongs to his

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Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Dec 11, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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A relentlessly corny and shamelessly derivative vehicle.

November 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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When Van Damme is doing what he does best -- narcissistically displaying his body and thumping the bad guys -- the film works reasonably well.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Several members of the Astor Plaza audience yesterday afternoon could not contain their merriment when, in the middle of the film, Mr. Van Damme's character identified himself as a lawyer.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Except for a few short bursts here and there, and one extended scene during the climax, the film is mostly talk. And since Van Damme's range as a dramatic actor is marginal at best, this is a problem.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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While it boasts better supporting actors and technical credits than other Van Damme projects, the film nonetheless founders, a victim of its own lugubrious pace and misguided efforts at turning the bulging Belgian into a romantic lead.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is the kind of movie that is so witlessly generic that the plot and title disappear into a mist of other recycled plots and interchangeable titles.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Van Damme hits a high-note for once

March 31, 2005
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All in all, it is a pretty good action film and it could be a breakthrough for Van Damme.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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The best aspect of Nowhere to Run is some inventive camera work from director Robert Harmon. Too bad he didn't have a better script to work with.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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If you don't expect much (and the developer vs. land owner plot is ridiculous) you may be surprised at what's here.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Nowhere to Run

If you were a hot woman in the 90s, chances are you were on a Van Damme movie. Van Damme also had plenty of good actors as the bad guys, in this case Ted Levine, it is a shame that the script is just complete crap and just an excuse for Van Damme to bed said hot woman (Arquette) and beat the crap out of said bad guy in climatic final battle, but right after a bunch of pointless stuff that you don't care about.
February 14, 2010
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In "Nowhere To Run," Jean-Claude Van Damme plays as Sam, an escaped convict who ends up staying on a small farm with Clydie (Rosanna Arquette) and her two kids. However, he finds out that he has some new enemies while he's staying there, including a jealous cop and some men who are trying to take away the farm that Clydie and her two kids live on.
I recommend anybody who likes Van Damme movies to get "Nowhere To Run." If you aren't familiar with Van Damme's other movies, this would be a good movie to get to get you familiar. It doesn't have as much fighting in it as most of his other movies do, but it certainly doesn't lack in action. You'll see some great action sequences such as when Van Damme is trying to find a place to run from the police by riding a motorcycle. It has more drama than most of the other Van Damme movies, but it's still a good one. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Van Damme just rocks. Sad to see him getting older :-(
August 15, 2009
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A pretty plain action movie but with enough of a story to keep you interested for the run time.
September 9, 2007
superclerk25

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More of the usual bone-headed action fare from JCVD. Not his worst effort, and Roseanna Arquette is appealing, but it's all so very "so what?"
July 14, 2007
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