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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 22, 2008
The plot is a doomsday version of Bill Clinton's Paula Jones problem, but the theme is impending mortality--settling scores before time's up.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Doesn't rank with Eastwood's best work as actor/director, but it's nevertheless solidly enjoyable.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Hackman languishes in the smallish role of a White House buffoon, with Judy Davis equally cartoonish as his witchy chief of staff.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A first-rate thriller about arrogance at the top, a showdown between two kinds of Americans: the evil, omnipotent bureaucrat and the enterprising, mind-his- own-business loner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Ultimately, this is a thriller in vain search of credible thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Almost a drawing room thriller, unhurried and genteel but enlivened with suspense and surprising bursts of sly, even biting, humor.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Unintentional yuks litter an otherwise somber political thriller adapted from David Baldacci's novel.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Not many thrillers slow down to notice relationships, but this one does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A fairly routine thriller that gets high marks as a result of tight pacing and top-notch acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
February 14, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: C