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JCVD (Van Dammage) Reviews

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Top Critic
June 10, 2013
Think of it as Sunset Bloodsport with Jean-Claude as Norma Desmond.
Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
It's a watershed moment in Van Damme's career; the moment you realise the crazy bastard really can act. It's a tragedy of sorts that most of his fans won't even care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
| Original Score: 4/4
Simon Foster
August 9, 2010
It has ensured JCVD will be remembered as an introspective, thoughtful and altogether more profound individual than anyone who ever watched him split a skull would have thought possible.
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 28, 2009
For all we know, it's just a big show, a put-on for our entertainment -- but what matters is that it's really quite convincing. You do want to believe this is Van Damme.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 11, 2009
a bold attempt to humanize Van Damme, not by trying to ignore his personal and professional pitfalls, but by reminding us that behind ever movie star, loved or loathed, is a complex human being
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 17, 2009
...not your usual Van Damme movie...and a refreshing change of pace for the actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
April 10, 2009
If you thought that Mickey Rourke had the market cornered on comebacks with his transcendent performance in Darren Aronofsky's masterpiece The Wrestler, then think again.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
April 10, 2009
It's fun as far as it goes, and for the most part quite well made, but in the end it's really not about very much at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
April 3, 2009
Mechri allows the verbally challenged action star dignity and, with this, the film works. Maybe next time he could bring Jean-Claude and Mickey Rourke together. Now that would be a movie.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 31, 2009
...reveals ... a supple and engaging actor with a sense of humor and a rare kind of self-recognition. Van Damme knows what we think of him and understands why.
| Original Score: 86/100
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 27, 2009
Van Damme has never done work like this before, and he's supported by the director's unique vision for the film
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 27, 2009
It's clever and unexpected, this confluence of dramatic fiction and real life that finds action star Jean-Claude Van Damme playing a version of himself in a heist movie
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 26, 2009
A real departure for Van Dame, but it ought to help his career. Who knew he could act?
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
March 6, 2009
[Van Damme] brings a kind of weary dignity to the role, and a surprising self-awareness...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 5, 2009
It's fun, and moderately well handled by a young French director.
Neil Smith
January 30, 2009
Will make you see the Muscles from Brussels in a new light.
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
January 30, 2009
Seems like a spoof at first glance but this proves to be a compelling Post-modern thriller with gumption.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
January 30, 2009
Unpredictable, engaging and even challenging, 'JCVD' is an intriguing oddity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Richard Luck
January 30, 2009
A captivating film with a superb understated, genuinely affecting performance from Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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