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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 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
Score distribution:
  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. A shrewd satire about stardom and the cult of celebrity.
  3. 75
    Van Damme says worse things about himself than critics would dream of saying, and the effect is shockingly truthful.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Inventive, insightful and utterly surprising movie. It takes you places you're not prepared to go: namely, into the soul of a performer best known for flying back kicks. Who, by the way, can act.
  5. Reviewed by: Bernard Besserglik
    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. 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.
  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
    A very refreshing action movie, with a heartbreaking performance by Van Damme itself. The monologue's great!
  2. JonathanK
    Jan 14, 2009
    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
    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
    Probably his best movie ever, hopefully the start of a new phase in his career.
  5. Aug 6, 2012
    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 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
    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
    Wow. Failed horribly.

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