Sudden Death Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 2, 2008
Good clean fun, with just the right ratio of explosions to dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2008
Van Damme is at his butt-kicking best, with Sudden Death offering all the thrills, spills and stuff blowing up that action fans relish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Reuniting Hyams and Van Damme, director and star of Timecop, this spectacular nail-biter exploits their combined, if limited, abilities to the full.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
November 12, 2005
The best of the many Die Hard rip-offs made during the 1990s. Sudden Death is a thrilling rollercoaster ride of hard-edged action.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
December 5, 2004
Wooden-as-ever Van Damme is no Bruce Willis, unfunny main bad guy Powers Boothe is no Alan Rickman, and uninspired director Peter Hyams is no John McTiernan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 31, 2003
Gets a lot of mileage out of the well-worn trapped-in-a-blank-full-of-hostages action genre.
| Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Fun Die Hard knockoff that uses the stadium for all its worth. The mascot fight is a highlight.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Offers above-average pyrotechnics, a body count that steadily mounts, and plenty of hand-to-hand combat.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
A mildly satisfying high-energy romp complete with outstanding professional hockey footage and intense physical confrontations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
April 20, 2003
I'm surprised not only that there wasn't a lawsuit over the film, but also by how watchable the film is (though it truly is bad, it's fun at least).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dragan Antulov
April 3, 2003
Works as entertaining mix of good action and unintended comedy, but the viewers won't enjoy it today as much as they did in 1995.
| Original Score: 5/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 27, 2003
Although this is an uninspired re-working of the Die Hard formula, it is probably O.K. as mindless holiday entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Sudden Death is one of the best action thrillers of 1995. It's also the film Jean-Claude Van Damme has been building up to for 10 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
An exciting if often predictable reteaming of Timecop star Jean-Claude Van Damme and director Peter Hyams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2002
The movie is state-of-the-art, over-the-top, non-stop Hollywood hokum. And that's meant as a compliment, too.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Despite the elaborate stunts, go-go-go direction from Peter Hyams, plus butt-kicking and surprise goalie action from Van Damme, Death deserves the hockey-puck booby prize for...getting its jollies by putting kids in jeopardy.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
A treat for Jean-Claude Van Damme fans, a superior action thriller loaded with jaw-dropping stunts and special effects, and strong in production values.
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Patched together from such familiar stuff that even ardent fans of the genre will find it hard to stay interested.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Hyams, who also teamed with Van Damme for Timecop, knows how to keep the action popping and there are some dramatically intense scenes. But it's far too sadistic.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
I never realized how many ways there are to kill people in a kitchen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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