The Quest
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Martial arts movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme made his debut behind the camera as the director of this sweeping action drama. Van Damme stars as Chris Dubois, a clown pickpocket and Fagin-like leader of orphan thieves in 1925 New York City. Kidnapped by gun smugglers and then sold to pirate captain Lord Dobbs (Roger Moore), Chris eventually ends up the property of Khao (Aki Aleong), a master Asian kickboxer. His fighting skills win Chris a chance at a legendary contest, a gladiatorial showdown between champions of the world's many diverse combat styles in a Tibetan lost city. Along for the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

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"At its best in its first half, when Dubois has to find his way to the competition in the Lost City of Tibet."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The endeavor looks less like a movie than some ESPN programmer's worst brainstorm."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Van Damme calls his film 'the Ben-Hur of martial arts'; boy, is he deluded."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"In his first outing, it is unclear whether VanDamme can't manage the scope of this tale, or if he's just a bad director."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
"With the same grace and discipline that he displays in front of the camera, Jean-Claude Van Damme makes a socko directorial debut."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Interesting only for being so totally familiar, even if you've never seen another film about a Ghan-Gheng martial-arts match in an ancient Lost City in Tibet."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"More a study in worldwide combat than a tribute to Van Damme's ascension as a director."
‑ Pat Kramer, Boxoffice Magazine
"A speedy and rousing adventure, chock-full of exciting -- if unlikely -- events and swarming with colorful characters in colorful locations."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"The level of high-tension violence expected from a Van Damme film is blunted by poor direction, uninspired camera work, and a bland villain."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"I rushed to finish this movie so I didn't get a late fee."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Unless bone-crunching violence is your bag, you can bag this one."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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