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Lionheart (1991) Jean-Claude Van Damme looks like a cross between Rob Lowe and Arnold Schwarzenegger — he's a smooth-faced, angelic pretty-boy who kicks butt. He's also the… R PT105M Action/Adventure Drama Jean-Claude Van Damme Harrison Page Ashley Johnson Brian Thompson Universal
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Lionheart (1991)

MPAA Rating: R

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EW's GRADE
B-

Details Rated: R; Length: 105 minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama; With: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page and Ashley Johnson; Distributor: Universal

Jean-Claude Van Damme looks like a cross between Rob Lowe and Arnold Schwarzenegger — he's a smooth-faced, angelic pretty-boy who kicks butt. He's also the most physically graceful of the new action heroes: He can leap three feet in the air, kick his enemy in the head, and return to a standing position in the time it takes most people to throw a right hook. Van Damme has no discernible personality, but his gleaming-eyed boyish cool is well used in this likable (if routine) action fable about a French Foreign Legion deserter who journeys to Los Angeles and, in order to support his widowed sister-in- law, becomes a bare-knuckle street fighter. A remake of the 1975 Charles Bronson vehicle Hard Times, Lionheart is nicely shot and edited, and it comes about as close to being a real movie as you get in this genre. In the outstanding climax, Van Damme faces off against a murderous fighter who, with his ponytail and muttonchop sideburns, suggests an extremely well-coiffed baboon. B-

Originally posted Jan 18, 1991 Published in issue #49 Jan 18, 1991 Order article reprints