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Maximum Risk Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The generic nature of the plot and action sequences, not to mention the presence of Jean-Claude Van Damme, made everything seem all-too-familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rebecca Murray
August 16, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Christopher Null
August 1, 2002
Fights ensue. Van-Damme kicks a lot of ass. Explosions occur. The end.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A standard Van Damme pic, competently assembled but with little of the manic edge found in director Lam's Hong Kong movies.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 20, 2008
...the movie has some good moments of intrigue and adventure, and with a more charismatic hero it might have worked better.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 13, 2008
The energetic action isn't quite enough to overcome an undernourished story. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Villains curl their upper lip and snarl in bad Russian accents, while Van Damme bungles four-word sentences.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
The action's good and pointless in this bland thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
The plot moves along so that a mandatory fight scene is sure to pop up every fifteen minutes to make sure the audience isn't snoozing, but Lam manages to botch at least half of these scenes with shaky camerawork and scrappy editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sean P. Means
January 1, 2000
The chases are chaotic and cliched.
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Maximum Risk equals minimum impact -- even by Van Damme standards.
Joey O'Bryan
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Those who have seen Lam's best work know he might have pulled it off...if, just maybe, he had a more capable leading man.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
So full of holes that exciting stunts can't cover them all.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Action flicks should be fun, and this one is a bloody bore.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It just simmers down, becoming an embarrassing exercise in the pointless and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
There are so many car crashes in Maximum Risk that Van Damme ends up playing second fiddle to an ever-expanding salvage operation.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
February 7, 2002
| Original Score: 2/4
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
A resolutely mediocre film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
Devoid of any distinct personality that would set it apart from other action flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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