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JCVD (Van Dammage) Reviews

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December 11, 2008
The shock of seeing the "Muscles From Brussels" emote may have blinded many to the fact that his big comeback vehicle is a pretty mediocre movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 14, 2008
I sorta enjoyed myself. I could have done without the scene where he floats in anguished reverie, making Hamlet sound like an extrovert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 15, 2009
You could hit up the DVD value bin and stage yourself a Lionheart and Kickboxer marathon to see the man the way he'd want to be remembered. Or at least the way I'd like to remember him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 14, 2008
even with a smart concept and playful humor, JCVD runs out of juice before its conclusion
| Original Score: 2.5/5
November 12, 2008
JCVD sputters badly during the bank heist scenes which, unfortunately, make up the bulk of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
November 7, 2008
Instead of being a spiffy spoof, the movie gives its star little to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 5, 2009
An existential-heist thriller with moments of dark comedy, JCVD is decidedly different and has its moments but you probably have to be a diehard fan to really cherish it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 5, 2009
His face has a Bogart-esque haggardness, and his speeches about his life and career have at least a semblance of painful sincerity. This spectacle isn't enough to keep the film from dragging, but it certainly has curiosity value.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 30, 2009
Our chastened hero steers a confusing course between self-parody and self-justification. "Van Damme needs just one thing ..." runs the tag line, "... to be himself". But does anyone still care?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 11, 2010
Turns out as bad as the star's recent string of dreadful films except for the fascination to look at it as one would a car crash.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 7, 2008
This may well be the most memorable Jean-Claude Van Damme movie ever, but I'm afraid that's not saying much.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 9, 2009
It's as if he's trying to reach through the screen and show us the real guy behind the image he's spent a lifetime creating. I'm not sure if he's successful, but the attempt is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2008
The film itself doesn't rise above the level of a good try. In the absence of Godardian wit, JCVD needs more kickboxing.
November 5, 2008
Part career-resuscitation attempt and part serious cry for help, Mabrouk El Mechri's Damme Day Afternoon rebranding effort is an incredibly intriguing failure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
January 30, 2009
This may be the best movie he's made. It's in French, by the way.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 22, 2017
It bequeaths to its eponymous hero a certain weary dignity, after putting him through the ringer.
December 4, 2008
If you know Van Damme's work in the least, if you have any sympathy for the plight of the third-rate action screen hero whose days come to an end, JCVD will amuse and touch you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 14, 2008
It might be the most impressive stunt of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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