Sudden Death
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Pittsburgh Penguins owner Howard Baldwin was the producer of Sudden Death, and the action is set in his hockey arena, in which the Penguins are playing the Chicago Blackhawks. Pittsburgh fire inspector Darren McCord (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is attending the game with his two children. He's quit fighting fires because of a tragedy a few years earlier involving a child he couldn't save. Also at the game is the vice-president of the United States (Raymond Barry), who is the target of a terrorist plot. The terrorist leader, an insane ex-CIA agent named Joshua Foss (Powers Boothe), has… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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"Reuniting Hyams and Van Damme, director and star of Timecop, this spectacular nail-biter exploits their combined, if limited, abilities to the full."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Despite the elaborate stunts, go-go-go direction from Peter Hyams, plus butt-kicking and surprise goalie action from Van Damme, Death deserves the hockey-puck booby prize for...getting its jollies by putting kids in jeopardy."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Good clean fun, with just the right ratio of explosions to dialogue."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Wooden-as-ever Van Damme is no Bruce Willis, unfunny main bad guy Powers Boothe is no Alan Rickman, and uninspired director Peter Hyams is no John McTiernan."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A mildly satisfying high-energy romp complete with outstanding professional hockey footage and intense physical confrontations."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
"Offers above-average pyrotechnics, a body count that steadily mounts, and plenty of hand-to-hand combat."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A treat for Jean-Claude Van Damme fans, a superior action thriller loaded with jaw-dropping stunts and special effects, and strong in production values."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Van Damme is at his butt-kicking best, with Sudden Death offering all the thrills, spills and stuff blowing up that action fans relish."
‑ James Jennings, Film4
"Gets a lot of mileage out of the well-worn trapped-in-a-blank-full-of-hostages action genre."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"I'm surprised not only that there wasn't a lawsuit over the film, but also by how watchable the film is (though it truly is bad, it's fun at least)."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Sudden Death is one of the best action thrillers of 1995. It's also the film Jean-Claude Van Damme has been building up to for 10 years."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Sudden Death isn't about common sense. It's about the manipulation of action and special-effects sequences to create a thriller effect, and at that it's pretty good."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The best of the many Die Hard rip-offs made during the 1990s. Sudden Death is a thrilling rollercoaster ride of hard-edged action."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Fun Die Hard knockoff that uses the stadium for all its worth. The mascot fight is a highlight."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"Works as entertaining mix of good action and unintended comedy, but the viewers won't enjoy it today as much as they did in 1995."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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