• 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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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
Rebecca Murray

| Original Score: 1/5

August 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
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
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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

September 7, 2011
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
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
Madeleine Williams

The action's good and pointless in this bland thriller.

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

January 1, 2000
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
Sean Means
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The chases are chaotic and cliched.

January 1, 2000
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies

Maximum Risk equals minimum impact -- even by Van Damme standards.

January 1, 2000
Joey O'Bryan
Austin Chronicle

Those who have seen Lam's best work know he might have pulled it off...if, just maybe, he had a more capable leading man.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 1, 2000
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

So full of holes that exciting stunts can't cover them all.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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
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
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
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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| Original Score: 2/4

February 7, 2002
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

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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