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Absolute Power Reviews

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Ultimately, this is a thriller in vain search of credible thrills.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Almost a drawing room thriller, unhurried and genteel but enlivened with suspense and surprising bursts of sly, even biting, humor.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 14, 2001
Scott Renshaw

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/10

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Unintentional yuks litter an otherwise somber political thriller adapted from David Baldacci's novel.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Not many thrillers slow down to notice relationships, but this one does.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Lacks the consistency, depth and suspense that would put it in a league with Eastwood's best work.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000
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Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 1, 2000
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

It's refreshing to think that good movies can still be made with only actors, a tight script, and some nice locations.

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

Eastwood is perfect as the bad guy you root for because he isn't nearly as bad as the other bad guys.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Widgett Walls

This film, although watchable and enjoyable, makes me wonder if Eastwood burned himself out after the masterpiece of Unforgiven.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Charles Taylor
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The picture might have gotten by if Eastwood had given it some impudent wit. But he directs to the rhythm of his facial muscles.

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January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The script calls for no bold statements about the politics of the White House, which makes the film rather weak in purpose.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

January 1, 2000
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

This is just a better makeup job on the same misogynist theme: live woman = nothing; dead woman = power.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper

Clint Eastwood...produced, directed and stars in this generally lunatic, occasionally pathetic and more often comically inept endeavor.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Sadly, any lofty artistic aspirations are quickly undone by the sheer ill-advised audacity of the story.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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A fairly routine thriller that gets high marks as a result of tight pacing and top-notch acting.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

September 7, 2011
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

| Original Score: 4/5

February 24, 2004
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

| Original Score: 2/5

June 6, 2003
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