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JCVD (Van Dammage) Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
Chris Barsanti
December 14, 2008
even with a smart concept and playful humor, JCVD runs out of juice before its conclusion
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 7, 2008
Instead of being a spiffy spoof, the movie gives its star little to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
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
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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David Fear
Time Out
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.
| Original Score: 3/6
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
January 30, 2009
This may be the best movie he's made. It's in French, by the way.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2008
It might be the most impressive stunt of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2008
Van Damme puts his best work ever on screen, but ironically the guy who never relied on a good script before is let down by one here.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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