91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A reality-twisting cousin to "Being John Malkovich" -- showcases a Van Damme who's sly like a fox about his own image.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
JCVD juggles humor with whomping martial-arts moves and a kind of melancholy star turn from the melancholy, muscular star.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The film sags in the middle section, and it's more a novelty item than a fully formed work . But it's very entertaining. And Van Damme proves himself a brave, possibly foolhardy actor, which is more than Steven Seagal ever did.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
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.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
JCVD may not be the first meta-musclehead movie, but it's certainly the most surprising.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Van Damme says worse things about himself than critics would dream of saying, and the effect is shockingly truthful.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A shrewd satire about stardom and the cult of celebrity.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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64 out of 100
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