Hard Target
Hard Target (1993)

John Woo's first Hollywood feature stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as Chance Boudreaux, a down-and-out Cajun merchant seaman, who, after saving a young woman, Natasha Binder (Yancy Butler), from a gang of thugs on the streets of New… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy
Variety

A disappointing American debut of the Hong Kong cult director John Woo is a decent action vehicle by standards of its star Jean-Claude Van Damme but, hampered by a B script and flat characters, it doesn't bear Woo's auteurist signature and unique vision

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Even when the acting is hammy, notably Wilford Brimley's turn as Chance's Cajun uncle, Woo stages every fight with hypnotic grace.

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Though working on a Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle can be seen as a comedown for Woo, he rises to the occasion to create an often rousing entertainment that is almost inarguably Van Damme's best film to date.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It's what Hollywood wanted Woo for: bigger, brighter explosions.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Woo, a master of stylized violence and explosive action, has had to buy into America's fascination with explosive effects and reaction. Something gets lost in the transition.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of my greatest guilty pleasures.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Presenting Mr. Van Damme as reverentially as Sergio Leone did the young Clint Eastwood, Mr. Woo displays a real aptitude for malignant mischief, which is this story's stock in trade.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Its characters are poorly-developed, the plot is the pinnacle of absurdity, and the acting, at best, is well over-the-top. Nevertheless, on the most basic, visceral level, the film succeeds.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Hysterically inept attempt at action filmmaking

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Martin Sahlin
Van Damme has one Badass haircut...but otherwise...a pretty average movie
Al S
Director, John Woo's first American film is an action masterpiece. A fun, explosive and adrenaline-charged edge of your seat action-packed thriller.… More
Conner Rainwater
Cheesy and an odd way to incorporate the western genre with Jean-Claude's style, but it's certainly memorable and fun. The way John Woo shoots the… More
Phil Hubbs
Haha this is really silly and really tacky but again the over the top violence and ultra cool gun fights really rock ass LOL! Henriksen gives it a touch of… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Van Damme's legendary mullet, Woo in full over-the-top mode, Lance Henriksen as the bad guy. This should be a lot better, but the script, the ham-fisted… More

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