• Released
  • July 17, 1998
  • R , 1 hr 31 min
  • Action/Adventure
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
It's fast, light and funny and not top-heavy with special effects and epic-scale destruction.
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The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
Essentially just an above-average Hong Kong action movie, but as such, it's still far better than just about anything else Van Damme has done.
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By Joe Leydon
Working from a formulaic script by Steven E. De Souza, Hark employs a variety of visual stratagems to keep the action fast and flashy.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Van Damme and his cronies (including Lela Rochon, Paul Sorvino, and, for no immediately graspable reason, Rob Schneider as Van Damme's rabbity sidekick) race, speed, shoot, chop, and zip through scenes of such festive mayhem, plot is a clunky afterthought, like a lopsided fake Prada label on a cheap nylon knapsack.
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Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
In essence, the whole Knock Off experience can be summed up neatly in four words: loud, stupid, blurry, frenetic.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Hong Kong action pioneer Tsui Hark is in high form here, tricking out the bare-bones story with disorienting camera angles, trick photography and virtuoso action sequences.
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San Francisco Examiner

An amusement park special, screaming from start to finish with no brakes, no plot and no acting to speak of.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
The ridiculous complications might have worked if there had been an awareness of how absurd they are.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The plot is as incomprehensible as the dubbing and many of the special effects are neither special nor effective.
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By James Berardinelli
It's amazing how boring an action movie can be when there's absolutely no point to all of the sound and fury.
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37 out of 100
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