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Sudden Death Reviews

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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
About the best thing that can be said about this movie is that the action scenes, directed by Peter Hyams, are choreographed with flair. Unfortunately, the material connecting them is worthless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
April 20, 2003
I'm surprised not only that there wasn't a lawsuit over the film, but also by how watchable the film is (though it truly is bad, it's fun at least).
| Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Van Damme races against time, trying to thwart Boothe and defuse all the bombs. But in the hands of director Peter Hyams, these are just banal action-movie chores.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Despite the elaborate stunts, go-go-go direction from Peter Hyams, plus butt-kicking and surprise goalie action from Van Damme, Death deserves the hockey-puck booby prize for...getting its jollies by putting kids in jeopardy.
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
November 8, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
James Hill
November 8, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Patched together from such familiar stuff that even ardent fans of the genre will find it hard to stay interested.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
I never realized how many ways there are to kill people in a kitchen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 27, 2003
Although this is an uninspired re-working of the Die Hard formula, it is probably O.K. as mindless holiday entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Hyams, who also teamed with Van Damme for Timecop, knows how to keep the action popping and there are some dramatically intense scenes. But it's far too sadistic.
Michael Dequina
December 5, 2004
Wooden-as-ever Van Damme is no Bruce Willis, unfunny main bad guy Powers Boothe is no Alan Rickman, and uninspired director Peter Hyams is no John McTiernan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
August 9, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Entertainment Weekly
December 27, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Sudden Death isn't about common sense. It's about the manipulation of action and special-effects sequences to create a thriller effect, and at that it's pretty good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2008
Van Damme is at his butt-kicking best, with Sudden Death offering all the thrills, spills and stuff blowing up that action fans relish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Reuniting Hyams and Van Damme, director and star of Timecop, this spectacular nail-biter exploits their combined, if limited, abilities to the full.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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