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Timecop (1994)

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43

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 23

It's no Terminator, but for those willing to suspend disbelief and rational thought, Timecop provides limited sci-fi action rewards.

38

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 8

It's no Terminator, but for those willing to suspend disbelief and rational thought, Timecop provides limited sci-fi action rewards.

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35

liked it
Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 57,243

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Movie Info

Based on a comic book story, this futuristic film follows the time-travel exploits of policeman Max Walker (Jean Claude Van Damme). In 1994, Walker's wife Melissa (Mia Sara) is about to tell him that she is expecting their first child when they are attacked by a group of criminals. Walker is shot and beaten and lies helplessly on his lawn while he sees their home and his wife blown up by the killers. Ten years later, Walker remains an employee of the Time Enforcement Commission, a federal agency

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Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Mark Verheiden

Jan 20, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (23) | DVD (9)

Van Damme is compelling only when he takes his clothes off.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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For the most part, Hyams' lackluster direction and the repetitive quality of the action sequences squander an intriguing premise and impressive production design, leaving few moments that elicit the sort of 'Wow!' response such fare needs in order to pros

November 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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SF specialist Peter Hyams, doubling as usual as director and cinematographer, leaves his record for mediocrity unblemished in this silly time-travel tale.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Hyams is no stranger to large-scale sci-fi, so his management of the massive sets and slightly mechanical fx is more than adequate.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Years of tireless persistence have begun to work in Mr. Van Damme's favor. It's hard not to enjoy his energy, even if his acting gifts still leave a lot to be desired.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Maybe it's the formula, maybe it's all that time travel, but you just can't help thinking you've seen it all before.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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This brainless romp [is] a real blast.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

More fun than expected sci-fi, cop flick starring Jean-Claude for kicks.

March 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

As time-travel pictures go, this Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle is a passable but disappointing excursion into well-traveled terrain.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Thanks to Hyams' professionalism, Timecop is a slickly-made, fast-paced and mildly-diverting B movie.

January 26, 2006
Fantastica Daily

Filled with holes, gaps, and the ilk, it's a minor Van Damme, meaning there is some minor fun.

February 21, 2004
eFilmCritic.com

Waste of a great premise. They go back in time to 1994. Ooooh.

August 13, 2003
About.com

Van Damme is appealingly affect-less as the cop who dutifully slams a pack of baddies into the walls every third or fourth scene.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto Weekly

Only worth renting if you've got a poker game and a bottle of Jack Daniels going. View it straight and you'll be too busy rolling your eyes to keep up.

March 25, 2003
Oz
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It is fun, but it's no Terminator.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Is it even praise to call a film 'one of Van Damme's better efforts'? Try calling your wife's meatloaf 'the least nauseating thing I've even all week' and see what she thinks.

January 15, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It's just a bit too uneven to take advantage of its strengths.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Those who aren't easily insulted with cliches and disregard for scientific facts might still enjoy it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

In terms of plot and direction, there are loopholes galore and too much in-your-face audience-pummeling for my taste.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Being a time-travel epic, plot holes abound here, but it's Van Damme's cute little attempt at being the family man that ruins that oh-so-necessary willing suspension of disbelief.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Timecop

I didnt like this, its well done and looks OK but it lacks any kind of punch. Its pretty dull I thought, and like most other time travel flicks the story is predictable and the effects weren't that good even then, they now look really dated. There are some nice touches, like the soldier getting frozen and losing half his body and the odd good bit of fighting from JCVD but overall its really average.
October 31, 2011
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

good van damme flick
January 15, 2011
sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

Underthought and unoriginal but not unwatchable.
July 12, 2010
The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

Out of all Jean-Claude's solo movies, this is probably the best and most interesting. The time traveling aspect is really well done and in many ways logical, as is the need for a regulating task force. While it can get a little confusing at times for absolutely no reason, the main goal was to present a cool action with Jean-Claude kicking people all over the place.
May 29, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

    1. Walker: He messed up my apartment, you can kill him.
    – Submitted by K.k. N (2 months ago)
    1. Sen. Aaron McComb: Agent Walker, do you realize how inappropriate that is? Do I look frozen to you?
    2. Walker: You look like shit to me.
    – Submitted by russell b (17 months ago)
    1. Walker: Don't argue amongst yourself.
    – Submitted by Josh B (2 years ago)
    1. McComb Man: You see, I'm an ambitious Harvard-educated visionary who deserves to be the most powerful man in the world and you... you're a fucking idiot who never figured out that the only way to make anything of himself with all that fancy kicking was on Broadway.
    2. Walker: Thanks for clearing that up.
    – Submitted by Chris M (2 years ago)
    1. Walker: I'm still kicking. I must be on Broadway!
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
    1. Palmer: 50,000 volts, motherfucker. Have a nice day.
    – Submitted by Cody J (3 years ago)
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