Ultimately, this is a thriller in vain search of credible thrills.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Almost a drawing room thriller, unhurried and genteel but enlivened with suspense and surprising bursts of sly, even biting, humor.
Eastwood is a director with a precise control over the details of his films, but in Absolute Power he spends so much time fussing over those details that he fails to notice that the story is completely absurd.
| Original Score: 4/10
Unintentional yuks litter an otherwise somber political thriller adapted from David Baldacci's novel.
| Original Score: 2/4
Not many thrillers slow down to notice relationships, but this one does.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Lacks the consistency, depth and suspense that would put it in a league with Eastwood's best work.
| Original Score: 6/10
Dramatically and cinematically, the film is fabulous until the final third of its two hours, when everyone tries a tad too hard, from scriptwriter to director.
It's refreshing to think that good movies can still be made with only actors, a tight script, and some nice locations.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eastwood is perfect as the bad guy you root for because he isn't nearly as bad as the other bad guys.
This film, although watchable and enjoyable, makes me wonder if Eastwood burned himself out after the masterpiece of Unforgiven.
| Original Score: 3/5
The picture might have gotten by if Eastwood had given it some impudent wit. But he directs to the rhythm of his facial muscles.
The script calls for no bold statements about the politics of the White House, which makes the film rather weak in purpose.
| Original Score: C-
This is just a better makeup job on the same misogynist theme: live woman = nothing; dead woman = power.
Clint Eastwood...produced, directed and stars in this generally lunatic, occasionally pathetic and more often comically inept endeavor.
Besides the ridiculousness of the plot, some of the acting is terrible. Embarrassingly bad as the President, Hackman wastes his great talent on a poorly written character.
Sadly, any lofty artistic aspirations are quickly undone by the sheer ill-advised audacity of the story.
| Original Score: 2/4
A fairly routine thriller that gets high marks as a result of tight pacing and top-notch acting.
| Original Score: C
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 2/5