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  • Summary: JCVD is an action-packed, comedic satire of the life of movie hero Jean-Claude Van Damme. Playing himself, Jean-Claude finds himself out of money, fighting for custody of his daughter and losing every good action role to Steven Seagal. In an attempt to escape, the aging star walks awayJCVD is an action-packed, comedic satire of the life of movie hero Jean-Claude Van Damme. Playing himself, Jean-Claude finds himself out of money, fighting for custody of his daughter and losing every good action role to Steven Seagal. In an attempt to escape, the aging star walks away from his shrinking spotlight and returns home to his native Brussels. But when he is thrown into a real-life hostage situation, everyone sees a side of Van Damme they've never seen before as he takes on the police, battles the perpetrators and creates a media firestorm that captures the attention of the world. (Peach Arch Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. A reality-twisting cousin to "Being John Malkovich" -- showcases a Van Damme who's sly like a fox about his own image.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    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.
  4. 70
    This functions perfectly well as a Van Damme vehicle, but it's also a funny and poignant look at a man trapped by his own ridiculous reputation.
  5. Reviewed by: Bernard Besserglik
    70
    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.
  6. 60
    What exactly is JCVD? Comedy? Confession? Confusion? No one will ever mistake these backstage shenanigans for "Irma Vep." But as a self-regarding expression of masculine angst, it's a Damme sight more fun than "Synecdoche."
  7. 38
    Combines a sketch-comedy premise with pacing like a philosophy seminar.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. JG
    Feb 2, 2009
    10
    A very refreshing action movie, with a heartbreaking performance by Van Damme itself. The monologue's great!
  2. JonathanK
    Jan 14, 2009
    10
    I was extremely surprised by how good this was. I was expecting something like a mockumentary, but it's more of a dramatic heist movie. I was extremely surprised by how good this was. I was expecting something like a mockumentary, but it's more of a dramatic heist movie. Jean-Claude knocks it out of the park, I highly recommend catching this in the theater if it's in your area. Expand
  3. AdrieH
    Jan 21, 2009
    9
    JCVD sheds much needed light on the humanity of Jean-claude. His performance was amazing-- easily up there with the years best.
  4. ChrisB
    May 27, 2009
    9
    Probably his best movie ever, hopefully the start of a new phase in his career.
  5. Aug 6, 2012
    9
    Who said Jean Claude Van Damme can't act? This movie is really good. It really shows all the prejudice people have against Van Damme after allWho said Jean Claude Van Damme can't act? This movie is really good. It really shows all the prejudice people have against Van Damme after all his bad action movies in the past. He wants to put all that behind himself and move on. And this movie really shows how great he really is. Expand
  6. SteveC
    May 29, 2009
    8
    This movie is deeply flawed, mostly by way of poor editing. But overall, I enjoyed it. It's different, unpredictable, and takes risks.
  7. ZiggyZ
    Nov 7, 2008
    0
    Wow. Failed horribly.

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