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Based on 25 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A shrewd satire about stardom and the cult of celebrity. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    JCVD is a whimsical twist on the biopic, sending up heist movies and breaking cinematic rules to interesting effect. At a critical moment, Van Damme rises out of a tense hostage situation to look into the camera and speak movingly to the audience. He has never seemed more convincing. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    JCVD juggles humor with whomping martial-arts moves and a kind of melancholy star turn from the melancholy, muscular star. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Who knew? Turns out, Jean-Claude Van Damme is a funny guy, and a pretty good actor, too. Fans may already be aware of this, but JCVD is likely to introduce a whole new Van Damme to everybody else. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    JCVD should entertain both movie and action buffs. Van Damme proves once and for all that he's not just a set of glistening pectorals. However, he's still in no danger of being asked to play Hamlet. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Van Damme says worse things about himself than critics would dream of saying, and the effect is shockingly truthful. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The film sags in the middle section, and it's more a novelty item than a fully formed work . But it's very entertaining. And Van Damme proves himself a brave, possibly foolhardy actor, which is more than Steven Seagal ever did. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    JCVD may not be the first meta-musclehead movie, but it's certainly the most surprising. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Unlike "Being John Malkovich," which JCVD sometimes resembles, there is no secret portal to the star's head; instead, the audience gets a fleeting glimpse through the smeared window of his soul. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    You'll respect him more as an actor if you see this film – and you should, even if you haven't enjoyed the action movies he's made over two decades. show more

  • December 19, 2008 Smithnicous
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    I viewed this film at a theater on a tiny screen but I never took my eyes off it. The cinematography was great; it had a vintage pigeonhole aesthetic. Was I looking through Van Damme’s memories? I noticed the lack of special effects and felt the goading remorse of the main character-forced to deal with the consequences of his life choices. He was over-worked and down on his luck. In times like these in which we live - it was raw and believable; I was captivated. The story is not new (robbers, hostages, etc.) but the Van Damme factor intertwined in it was shocking. He (even with French sub-titles) delivers a Tour de Force performance quite unlike what I’d seen before. JCVD is not made for children; it’s for “us” the eighties crowd. We all grew up with this guy. In one scene Van Damme floats while seated and delivers a soliloquy. I thought to myself at that moment that perhaps he had just achieved his greatest theatrical feat: a chance to really act. If I had power, Van Damme would get the Oscar nod. Don’t miss this one. Welcome back JCVD!

  • November 12, 2008 hamidshamshiri
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    Finally a movie from Van Damme! Where have you been? I am glad he has risen from the ashes and did a fantastic job.

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