Movie Review JCVD

By Lisa Schwarzbaum (

Pity the fool who underestimates Belgian action star Jean-Claude Van Damme. The Muscles From Brussels specializes in playing bulked-up butt kickers in whomp-and-release flicks happily derided the world over. But the clever, stylish perception-teaser of a comic drama JCVD - a reality-twisting cousin to Being John Malkovich - showcases a Van Damme who's sly like a fox about his own image. Here's a smart guy who has taken plenty of punches in life, fully aware of how close celebrity is to absurdity. No wonder the star's face, in deadpan repose, resembles that of Buster Keaton.


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Nov 11, 2008 7:23PM EST

Man, I'm loving me some Van Damme right about now... (Never thought I'd say something like that... about someone like him...) But it's true – the movie's awesome!

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