• R, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Action & Adventure
  • Directed By:
    Ringo Lam
    In Theaters:
    Sep 13, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 30, 2001
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Maximum Risk Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The plot holds together pretty well, which is not always the case in Van Damme's movies, and does not require the concoction of labored explanations for his pronounced accent.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

November 2, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the movie has some good moments of intrigue and adventure, and with a more charismatic hero it might have worked better.

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

August 20, 2008
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The energetic action isn't quite enough to overcome an undernourished story. [Blu-Ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

August 13, 2008
Leonard Klady
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It's a visceral delight that refuses to be deterred by niceties of plot or character consistency and prefers sweat to emotion.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 8, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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A standard Van Damme pic, competently assembled but with little of the manic edge found in director Lam's Hong Kong movies.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

For sweet bloody thrills, this one beats the summer blockbuster competition hands-down.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: B+

September 25, 2003
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

Villains curl their upper lip and snarl in bad Russian accents, while Van Damme bungles four-word sentences.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

May 20, 2003
Clint Morris

Premium Van Damme...Henstridge is eye-poppingly appealing

| Original Score: 3/5

April 27, 2003
Dragan Antulov

Those who approach Maximum Risk with minimal expectations will, in the end, experience at least the occasional pleasant surprise.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

April 16, 2003
Christopher Null

Fights ensue. Van-Damme kicks a lot of ass. Explosions occur. The end.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 1, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Zesty chases and Van Damme's always exciting fights scenes fit well within a story that carries more intrigue than the average kick-and-crash extravaganzas.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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There are so many car crashes in Maximum Risk that Van Damme ends up playing second fiddle to an ever-expanding salvage operation.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 22, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The plot moves along so that a mandatory fight scene is sure to pop up every fifteen minutes to make sure the audience isn't snoozing, but Lam manages to botch at least half of these scenes with shaky camerawork and scrappy editing.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 1/4

February 27, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Lam not only handles the bravura action set pieces with ease but also a capable international cast as colorful and varied as the film's many locales.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 14, 2001
Scott Renshaw

A resolutely mediocre film.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 5/10

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina

Devoid of any distinct personality that would set it apart from other action flicks.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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It just simmers down, becoming an embarrassing exercise in the pointless and predictable.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Action flicks should be fun, and this one is a bloody bore.

January 1, 2000
Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine

Lam brings a welcome kinetic energy to the chase scenes, and his action has that fast and furious quality unique to Hong Kong films.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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The generic nature of the plot and action sequences, not to mention the presence of Jean-Claude Van Damme, made everything seem all-too-familiar.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
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