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  • 25
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    The ridiculous complications might have worked if there had been an awareness of how absurd they are. show more

  • 25
    San Francisco Examiner

    An amusement park special, screaming from start to finish with no brakes, no plot and no acting to speak of. show more

  • NA
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's amazing how boring an action movie can be when there's absolutely no point to all of the sound and fury. show more

  • NA
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The plot is as incomprehensible as the dubbing and many of the special effects are neither special nor effective. show more

  • 30
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Hong Kong action pioneer Tsui Hark is in high form here, tricking out the bare-bones story with disorienting camera angles, trick photography and virtuoso action sequences. show more

  • 40
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    In essence, the whole Knock Off experience can be summed up neatly in four words: loud, stupid, blurry, frenetic. show more

  • 58
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Van Damme and his cronies (including Lela Rochon, Paul Sorvino, and, for no immediately graspable reason, Rob Schneider as Van Damme's rabbity sidekick) race, speed, shoot, chop, and zip through scenes of such festive mayhem, plot is a clunky afterthought, like a lopsided fake Prada label on a cheap nylon knapsack. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    It's fast, light and funny and not top-heavy with special effects and epic-scale destruction. show more

  • 70
    Nathan Rabin The A.V. Club

    Essentially just an above-average Hong Kong action movie, but as such, it's still far better than just about anything else Van Damme has done. show more

  • 70
    Joe Leydon Variety

    Working from a formulaic script by Steven E. De Souza, Hark employs a variety of visual stratagems to keep the action fast and flashy. show more

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