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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The desire to go back in time to change things -- or just to visit -- is so central to the experience of being alive and stuck in time that Timecop has a built-in power. It's a power the film, a satisfying science-fiction thriller, takes full advantage of. show more

  • 38
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Timecop's conversation piece is the scene in which Van Damme springs into the air amid hand-to-hand combat, finessing a perfect split atop his kitchen counter. Though definitely ooo-and-aaah stuff, it falls short of landing Timecop the 3-star review earned here by Van Damme's Hard Target. [16 Sep 1994, p.5D] show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    There's been talk about Van Damme deepening his excursions into acting. Wisely, though, he keeps Timecop on a comic strip level. [16 Sep 1994, p.72] show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Timecop, a low-rent "Terminator," is the kind of movie that is best not thought about at all, for that way madness lies. show more

  • 50
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    Van Damme is compelling only when he takes his clothes off, which he doesn't do often enough here. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    As a shoot-'em-up, blast-'em-to-pieces film, it's not half bad. As a futuristic time travel movie, however, it has some very serious problems. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Director Peter Hyams strives hard to maintain a light and entertaining touch, lifting Timecop slightly above its formulaic restraints. On the one hand, there's a pleasing freshness to the movie, thanks to lots of energy and a little playful wit. On the other, there's something deeply fatiguing about this picture. Maybe it's the formula, maybe it's all that time travel, but you just can't help thinking you've seen it all before. Must be deja vu. [21 Sep 1994] show more

  • 50
    Stephen Hunter Baltimore Sun

    Initially an amiable sci-fi thriller that toys with the paradoxes inherent in time travel, it finally gets drunk on them. It becomes an incomprehensible stew of versions and revisions, until there's no there there and no then then. show more

  • 60

    Van Damme once again bends and twists his muscular frame to superhuman excess, but his Belgian tonsils have all the flexibility of the Himalayas when it comes to splurting out his one-liners. show more

  • 40
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    It's dumb, to be sure, but then again, so were most of the old movie cliffhangers, from which Timecop is obviously derived. show more

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