JCVD (Van Dammage)
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When the life of Jean-Claude Van Damme collides with the reality of a hold-up in Brussels, Belgium, suddenly the huge movie star turns into an ordinary guy, filled with fears, contradictions and hopes. How can he be up to the legend he has built? What can a film hero do when the gun pointed to his temple isn't charged with blanks? JCVD finds himself at the turning point of his "hero" life.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Think of it as Sunset Bloodsport with Jean-Claude as Norma Desmond."
‑ Grady Hendrix, Slate
"This is not only a Van Damme movie that will make you laugh -- on purpose -- it could very well make you cry."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's a watershed moment in Van Damme's career; the moment you realise the crazy bastard really can act. It's a tragedy of sorts that most of his fans won't even care."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"For all we know, it's just a big show, a put-on for our entertainment -- but what matters is that it's really quite convincing. You do want to believe this is Van Damme."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"If you thought that Mickey Rourke had the market cornered on comebacks with his transcendent performance in Darren Aronofsky's masterpiece The Wrestler, then think again."
‑ Erin Free, FILMINK (Australia)
"Unpredictable, engaging and even challenging, 'JCVD' is an intriguing oddity."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"If you know Van Damme's work in the least, if you have any sympathy for the plight of the third-rate action screen hero whose days come to an end, JCVD will amuse and touch you."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Turns out as bad as the star's recent string of dreadful films except for the fascination to look at it as one would a car crash."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a bold attempt to humanize Van Damme, not by trying to ignore his personal and professional pitfalls, but by reminding us that behind ever movie star, loved or loathed, is a complex human being"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It's fun as far as it goes, and for the most part quite well made, but in the end it's really not about very much at all."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Van Damme is so good, and El Mechri's storytelling so entertaining, that JCVD takes its place alongside The Wrestler as one of the unlikeliest but most welcome comeback vehicles in ages."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"There's something seductively clever about the way French director and co-writer Mabrouk El Mechri has fractured chronology (à la Pulp Fiction) to examine JCVD's plight from various perspectives."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It has ensured JCVD will be remembered as an introspective, thoughtful and altogether more profound individual than anyone who ever watched him split a skull would have thought possible."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"...not your usual Van Damme movie...and a refreshing change of pace for the actor."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Mechri allows the verbally challenged action star dignity and, with this, the film works. Maybe next time he could bring Jean-Claude and Mickey Rourke together. Now that would be a movie."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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