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Knock Off (1998)

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18

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 9

Muddled plot; stiff acting.

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25

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
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Hong Kong action genre craftsman Tsui Hark directed this martial arts tale, his second collaboration with actor Jean-Claude Van Damme after Double Team (1997). Van Damme stars as Marcus Ray, a Hong Kong fashion designer who specializes in "knock-offs," cheaply produced jeans and sneakers meant to look like major-label merchandise. With his new partner Tommy Hendricks (Rob Schneider), Marcus hopes to go legit and put his shady past behind him, but Tommy is really an undercover CIA agent

Dec 29, 1998

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Though the jokey lines seem out of place, the somber tone of this 1998 action movie makes the political subtext more sincere and less grandiose than usual.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The last blast of the summer is an exuberantly cheesy action opus featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Rob Schneider as an improbable pair of gung-ho heroes.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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For hardcore Van Damme and Sparks fans only.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The plot is as incomprehensible as the dubbing, and many of the special effects are neither special nor effective.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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One of Van Damme's best movies ever.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Almost worth attending for the experience of seeing how low film makers can sink in their never-ending quest to bilk the action picture audience out of a few hard-earned dollars.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Suffice it to say that it plays exceptionally badly in English.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Jean-Claude Van Damme and Rob Schneider star. If you need more of a review than that, go ahead and give it a rental.

April 3, 2005
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Only for Van Damme's die-hard fans

December 17, 2004
Film Journal International

The fact that hardly anything makes sense in the film didn't discourage Tsui Hark.

May 13, 2004 Full Review
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The immediate reaction after seeing this movie aims to match it with a more appropriate title modeled from the direction and acting: Jack Off.

July 11, 2003
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Knock Off could not be much worse if it tried to be.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Alternately the best and the worst action movie ever made, and it ends up being one big uneven mess.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

It bears an authentic brand name.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Far too hard to follow for a beat-up movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Action-packed, cheesy, and not worthy of the Academy's attention, but, for those so inclined, it is worth the rental price.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Jean Claude Van Damme's recent string of films haven't been too inspiring, and Knock Off doesn't do anything to change the trend.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter
Cinematter

Bumbles and fumbles its way through a messy plot, advancing from each dreary subplot to the next with no hint of a coherent storyboard.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Most of the crowd simply walked out briskly, shaking their heads and loudly discussing how amazingly bad the film was. These people renewed my faith in humanity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
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Audience Reviews for Knock Off

Tsui Hark's Knock Off is an action film that isn't as bad as it seems.Unsurprisingly, the story is straightforward, easy to follow, and to be honest, quite stupid. The setting takes place in Hong Kong, and with Tsui Hark as a director the film feels less like a Hollywood film. In this case, this is a good thing.Tsui Hark's editing and camerawork can be erratic at times and the 90 minutes whiz by because of this. The pacing is really quick and scenes come and go like there is no tomorrow. On the flip side this makes it harder for the film to have a really deep story with built up characters. It also creates plot holes.Hark's editing does help the action. The constant switching of camera shots make these scenes seem extremely fast and full of energy, which makes it really entertaining. As for the action itself, there is a moderate amount with a hilarious rickshaw scene in the beginning.The acting isn't award winning by any means. Van Damme is pretty amusing as his character is a bit wacky, but Rob Schneider is unconvincing as a CIA agent and feels out of place.By the end, Knock Off doesn't shine anywhere. It is just a mediocre action picture for Van Damme fans.
February 11, 2010
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JY Skacto

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"Knock Off" is set in Hong Kong and Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as a fashion designer who is unwillingly selling knock off clothes which easily tear. Van Damme and his sidekick (Rob Schneider) are up against enemy marketeers who are trying to cause a worldwide catastrophe by using tiny explosive devices in items such as jeans and toys and then shipping them all over the world.
"Knock Off" definitely proved that Van Damme is a better fighter than ever and that he can still make exciting movies. This movie has the best special effects, action sequences, and even the best fighting out of all of Van Damme's movies so far, and that's saying a lot because Van Damme has made many great fighting and action movies such as "Hard Target," "Bloodsport," "Sudden Death," and many others. I didn't like the movie's plot or story that much, but the action and fighting sequences are GREAT! If you like exciting fighting movies and if you like some of the other Van Damme movies, I recommend getting "Knock Off." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.
September 10, 2009
stormyweather980

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What a Van Damme explosive action-thriller set in Hong Kong.
October 15, 2006
deano
Dean McKenna

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Rob Schneider, dup dee dup, dup de dup dee....
June 10, 2006
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