Kickboxer

1989

Kickboxer

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40%

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Total Count: 10

65%

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Jean-Claude Van Damme enters a Thai kickboxing championship to avenge his brother, whom an evil opponent left paralyzed.

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Cast

Michel Qissi
as Tong Po
Dennis Alexio
as Eric Sloane
Dennis Chan
as Xian Chow
Haskell V. Anderson
as Winston Taylor
Steve Lee
as Freddy Li
Richard Foo
as Tao Liu
Ricky Liu
as Big Thai Man
John Ladalski
as U.S. Referee
Stephen Lee
as Freddy Li
Zennie Reynolds
as U.S. Fighter
Pairat Lavilard
as Gym Officer
Kanthima Vutti
as Eric's Girl
Amnart Komolthorn
as Ancient Warrior #2
Nickolas James
as U.S. Reporter
Montri Vongbuter
as Ancient Warrior #1
Richard Santoro
as U.S. Reporter
Louis Roth
as U.S. Reporter
Dean Harrington
as U.S. Announcer
Mark DiSalle
as U.S. Reporter
Sin Ho Ying
as Huge Village Man #1
Tony Chan
as Huge Village Man #2
Brad Kerner
as U.S. Announcer
Michael Lee
as Old Man in Village
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Critic Reviews for Kickboxer

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

  • Combine Karate Kid and Rocky with a bit more blood and gore, dull direction and a smattering of inept actors and you have Kickboxer.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • This may not be the dumbest action picture of the year, but it's not for lack of trying.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Don't see it for psychological complexity, social comment, acting, plot or humour; go, if you must, just for kicks.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The fight sequences are staged with such élan that it is easy to ignore the hackneyed script - Van Damme had a hand in that as well - and rather wooden performances.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Kickboxer deviates little from genre formula in its story of a peace-loving martial artist who is pushed too far and goes on a maniacal rampage in the last reel.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It is exactly what it looks like. That can be a good thing.

    Jun 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Kickboxer

  • Mar 11, 2014
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2012
    Pretty entertaining Van Damme martial arts film, Simple story and good fight scenes, Predictable but fun.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2012
    I grew up watching Van Damme films and this one had to be one of my favourite films. the film is full of eighties bad dialogue but there is something about this film that I can't deny. I enjoyed revisiting this film which is easily the best out of the series. Van Damme just has the personality to help this film beyond its simplistic plot. The film is basically a revenge plot which sees Tong Po putting Eric Sloane into a wheel chair after quite a brutal fight in Thailand. Van Damme's Kurt Sloane decides he must revenge he's brother and decides to train with an old trainer who just might give him the edge to win. the training seens really make this movie work and are enjoyable to watch. the only time the film really does slip into bad filmmaking is the rescue scene during the final confrontation. If you can overcome this silly subplot then you'll enjoy the rest of the movie. the film slowly burns to the envitable confrontation which is really brutel and so it should. the film builds to a grand conclusion and it doesn't let you down. Van Damme is very likable in the lead and provides so excellent action scenes. I highly recommend this film solely on the eighties alone, these films are just great entertainment which is missing from the cinema.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2011
    One of Van Damme's best. I insist: this is cinema made by filmmakers with a single purpose in mind: to make brainless action. That is the point. We need the 80's back. Michael Bay translated this lesson into CGI, yet CGI does not equal action. Anyway, give it a try. Flixster user Cal (PvtCaboose91) made a wise comment in his profile: "I AM NOT A CRITIC! My reviews may sound like I'm a critic, but I'm the furthest thing from a critic. Critics give films like Judge Dredd 1 star, and have no idea how to have fun in movies." So, my message is: learn how to have fun, but with the right and proper R-rated stuff. If you're still a whining b**** and want movies from the new millennium, you still have no excuse. Tony Jaa is kicking ass out there. 70/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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