Maximum Risk Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 2, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 20, 2008
...the movie has some good moments of intrigue and adventure, and with a more charismatic hero it might have worked better.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 13, 2008
The energetic action isn't quite enough to overcome an undernourished story. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Leonard Klady
Variety
July 8, 2008
It's a visceral delight that refuses to be deterred by niceties of plot or character consistency and prefers sweat to emotion.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A standard Van Damme pic, competently assembled but with little of the manic edge found in director Lam's Hong Kong movies.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
September 25, 2003
For sweet bloody thrills, this one beats the summer blockbuster competition hands-down.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Villains curl their upper lip and snarl in bad Russian accents, while Van Damme bungles four-word sentences.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Clint Morris
Moviehole
April 27, 2003
Premium Van Damme...Henstridge is eye-poppingly appealing
| Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 16, 2003
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
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 1, 2002
Fights ensue. Van-Damme kicks a lot of ass. Explosions occur. The end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 18, 2002
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
Top Critic
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
There are so many car crashes in Maximum Risk that Van Damme ends up playing second fiddle to an ever-expanding salvage operation.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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.
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
A resolutely mediocre film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
Devoid of any distinct personality that would set it apart from other action flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It just simmers down, becoming an embarrassing exercise in the pointless and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Action flicks should be fun, and this one is a bloody bore.
Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Lam brings a welcome kinetic energy to the chase scenes, and his action has that fast and furious quality unique to Hong Kong films.
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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