Sudden Death
Sudden Death (1995)

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)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 22, 1995
DVD Release Date: November 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Reuniting Hyams and Van Damme, director and star of Timecop, this spectacular nail-biter exploits their combined, if limited, abilities to the full.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

William Thomas
Empire Magazine

Tripe, but hard not to enjoy.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Offers above-average pyrotechnics, a body count that steadily mounts, and plenty of hand-to-hand combat.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles 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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An especially blatant Die Hard knockoff...

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide

Good clean fun, with just the right ratio of explosions to dialogue.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
This is a pretty good 'Die Hard' style flick, 'Die Hard' in a ice hockey stadium haha the villian, Boothe is pretty nasty and the action is… More
Jason Owens
I've seen just about all of Van Damme's movies and I have to say that I think "Sudden Death" is the best one so far. It's not your… More
Ken Stachnik
Really really typical 90's action flick...with on exception... Jean Claude Van Damme fights a penguin.
Lenny Muggsy
Bad Guy, Kill, Ass.
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Die Hard on ice.
Dean McKenna
Jean-Claude Van Damme makes a fabulous performance in this marvelous action movie - <i>Die Hard</i> in a hockey arena. And I was surprised Van Damme… More