Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 11 out of 14
  1. Sleek...This is one "return" that's surely welcome.
  2. Has a shameless B-movie exuberance.
  3. 59
    Engagingly silly sub-"Moonlighting"-style banter.
  4. Jean-Claude Van Damme's latest dud.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Lightning fails to strike twice -- an underwhelming follow-up to one of the career-stalled action star's better efforts.
  6. 30
    Must have been slapped together fast: live-action stunts created by uninspired editing lead up to computer-generated imagery that's just as lame.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Kelsey
    This testosterone-fest even features a battle inside a strip bar replete with topless women. Talk about your guilty pleasures.
  8. Reviewed by: Rod Dreher
    The Return is about bullets, bombs and boobs - the biggest boob being Van Damme, natch, but there are also mammaries aplenty.
  9. Reviewed by: Betsy Sherman
    Devoid of personality and has an annoying gratuitous sentimental streak.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Plenty of bone-crunching brawn, but not a brain cell in sight.
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    Custom-made for an audience of mouth-breathers.
  12. 10
    A mind-numbing exercise in high body counts and big tits.
  13. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    Slow-moving and violent mess...feels slow even at a scant 82 minutes...Even by the slack standards of Van Damme's oeuvre, "The Return" is a letdown.
  14. Reviewed by: Russel Smith
    Lame, mindless dialogue makes Wing Commander seem Cukoresque by comparison.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. NogginKnife
    Jul 21, 2006
    I think Bill Goldberg is a good addition to the movie 'cuz he's lean and mean and fits the part very well. All the other parts can be thrown out. Full Review »