Knock Off Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
July 28, 2009

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.

Joe Leydon
Top Critic
March 27, 2009

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.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 18, 2008

Suffice it to say that it plays exceptionally badly in English.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

For hardcore Van Damme and Sparks fans only.

Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Rob Schneider star. If you need more of a review than that, go ahead and give it a rental.

| Original Score: 1/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
December 17, 2004

Only for Van Damme's die-hard fans

| Original Score: 1/5
Dragan Antulov
May 13, 2004

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Greg Muskewitz
July 11, 2003

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

| Original Score: 0/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003

Knock Off could not be much worse if it tried to be.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Haslett Cuff
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
April 12, 2002

The plot is as incomprehensible as the dubbing, and many of the special effects are neither special nor effective.

Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

It bears an authentic brand name.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
February 14, 2001

One of Van Damme's best movies ever.

Christopher Null
January 1, 2000

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Was a film ever more appropriately titled than Knock Off?

James Berardinelli
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Cheryl DeWolfe
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000

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

Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000

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

Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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