The Quest
The Quest (1996)

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.… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 1, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 14% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

At its best in its first half, when Dubois has to find his way to the competition in the Lost City of Tibet.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

The endeavor looks less like a movie than some ESPN programmer's worst brainstorm.

Michael Dequina

Van Damme calls his film 'the Ben-Hur of martial arts'; boy, is he deluded.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

With the same grace and discipline that he displays in front of the camera, Jean-Claude Van Damme makes a socko directorial debut.

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Janet Maslin
New York 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.

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Pat Kramer
Boxoffice Magazine

More a study in worldwide combat than a tribute to Van Damme's ascension as a director.

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James Berardinelli

The level of high-tension violence expected from a Van Damme film is blunted by poor direction, uninspired camera work, and a bland villain.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I rushed to finish this movie so I didn't get a late fee.

Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A speedy and rousing adventure, chock-full of exciting -- if unlikely -- events and swarming with colorful characters in colorful locations.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Van Damme basically remakes Bloodsport, but makes it boring instead of fun.
Phil Hubbs
A reasonable cast and some nice looks only save this feeble film. Its basically just a rehash of 'Bloodsport' with virtually the same types of… More
Lenny Muggsy
Pretty much the same movie as Bloodsport set in the early 20th century with a more "elaborate" plot. I don't know why but I love this movie.
Dean McKenna
Van Damme did good jobs on acting and directing in this epic one-on-one martial-arts fighters film.
Jason Owens
In "The Quest," Jean-Claude Van Damme directs and stars in this action movie about a street dweller (Jean-Claude Van Damme) who helps out kids that… More
Joseph Eastmond
Van Damme is great!