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: January 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: June 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hard Target gets a boost from John Woo's stylish direction, but at heart, it's still another silly, explosion-dependent action thriller in the Jean-Claude Van Damme oeuvre.

Emanuel Levy

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

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.

Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

This is Woo's American debut and it's not as individualistic as his Hong Kong gangster films, but there's also less of his sentimentality and corny humour. The performances are more consistent too.

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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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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Though it lacks the epic feel and melodramatic sincerity of Woo's Oriental movies, this is nevertheless first-rate action.

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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.

James Berardinelli

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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TV 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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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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