• Jcvd
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JCVD (Van Dammage) Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The shock of seeing the "Muscles From Brussels" emote may have blinded many to the fact that his big comeback vehicle is a pretty mediocre movie.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 11, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I sorta enjoyed myself. I could have done without the scene where he floats in anguished reverie, making Hamlet sound like an extrovert.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 14, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

You could hit up the DVD value bin and stage yourself a Lionheart and Kickboxer marathon to see the man the way he'd want to be remembered. Or at least the way I'd like to remember him.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 15, 2009
Chris Barsanti

even with a smart concept and playful humor, JCVD runs out of juice before its conclusion

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 14, 2008
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

JCVD sputters badly during the bank heist scenes which, unfortunately, make up the bulk of the film.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

November 12, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Instead of being a spiffy spoof, the movie gives its star little to do.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 7, 2008
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

An existential-heist thriller with moments of dark comedy, JCVD is decidedly different and has its moments but you probably have to be a diehard fan to really cherish it.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

February 5, 2009
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

His face has a Bogart-esque haggardness, and his speeches about his life and career have at least a semblance of painful sincerity. This spectacle isn't enough to keep the film from dragging, but it certainly has curiosity value.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 2/5

February 5, 2009
Anthony Quinn

Our chastened hero steers a confusing course between self-parody and self-justification. "Van Damme needs just one thing ..." runs the tag line, "... to be himself". But does anyone still care?

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

January 30, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
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Turns out as bad as the star's recent string of dreadful films except for the fascination to look at it as one would a car crash.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

August 11, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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This may well be the most memorable Jean-Claude Van Damme movie ever, but I'm afraid that's not saying much.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 7, 2008
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's as if he's trying to reach through the screen and show us the real guy behind the image he's spent a lifetime creating. I'm not sure if he's successful, but the attempt is fascinating.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 9, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The film itself doesn't rise above the level of a good try. In the absence of Godardian wit, JCVD needs more kickboxing.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

November 3, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Part career-resuscitation attempt and part serious cry for help, Mabrouk El Mechri's Damme Day Afternoon rebranding effort is an incredibly intriguing failure.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

November 5, 2008
Derek Malcolm
This is London

This may be the best movie he's made. It's in French, by the way.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

January 30, 2009
Dave White

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 4, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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If you know Van Damme's work in the least, if you have any sympathy for the plight of the third-rate action screen hero whose days come to an end, JCVD will amuse and touch you.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2008
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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It might be the most impressive stunt of his career.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 14, 2008

Van Damme puts his best work ever on screen, but ironically the guy who never relied on a good script before is let down by one here.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 7/10

September 29, 2008
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011
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