In the Line of Fire Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 13, 2014
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, In the Line of Fire builds a palpable tension between the Eastwood and Malkovich characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
July 30, 2013
It just builds, relationship by relationship, detail by detail, clever stroke by clever stroke, taking you in and making you its own. It ought to wear a sign: Danger. Professionals At Work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2013
Petersen directs his film in a straightforward, workmanlike fashion-few surprises here -- and, curiously, for most of the film is better at establishing a kind of amiability than a hard tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2013
Director Wolfgang Petersen moves the story along, but his real job is to simply stay out of the way of his two racehorse lead actors. And he does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine
July 30, 2013
What separates In The Line Of Fire from the rest of the bog-standard good-guy/bad-guy set-up is the clear implication throughout that these two sworn enemies have more in common than they may think.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
July 30, 2013
Eerie assassin and protector are perfectly balanced in this classy entertainment.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2013
Every part of this film trades so heavily on Eastwood's presence that it is impossible to imagine it with anyone else in the starring role.
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
July 30, 2013
The movie has a clear, simple thriller logic that's far more satisfying than the static variations-on-a-massacre construction of Eastwood's Dirty Harry pictures and spaghetti Westerns.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 30, 2013
Despite the presence of all these action-flick cliches, In the Line of Fire works. Sure, it's no more than a formula movie, but it's an effective formula movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 30, 2013
Preposterous but still thoroughly involving, this tense, kinetic, ingenious thriller is the thinking fan's action movie.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 30, 2013
How fitting that in this summer of dinosaurs, Clint Eastwood has again emerged as the most interesting thing on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2013
Between them, director Petersen and screenwriter Jeff Maguire do a memorable job developing their characters in this story of personal and professional redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 30, 2013
[Peterson] keeps his new film hopping at a lively pace, and he shows sensitivity to the look and feel of American politics.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 30, 2013
If you don't care about such motivations, this is a pretty good thriller, though not one you're likely to remember for very long.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
Petersen piles on the suspense with ruthless skill, while Eastwood reveals the same vulnerability that made his performance in Unforgiven so compelling and convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 30, 2013
For the most part, this is an exciting, engaging thriller, well-directed by Wolfgang Petersen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 30, 2013
Feverish suspense is at work in In the Line of Fire, a film of surprising depth for an action thriller. The felicitous interweaving of humor and high drama is another hallmark of this tense story of wits.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 30, 2013
Clint Eastwood has always been an old man. Even in the '60s, as the gunslinger in Sergio Leone westerns, Eastwood had the squinty eyes, sour mouth and weary walk of a soldier who had been in too many wars.

Total Film
July 30, 2013
[A] shallow but well assembled thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2013
In the Line of Fire explores this intriguing premise with subtlety and suspense, particularly during several phone conversations between a gloating, you-can't-stop-me Leary and a visibly shaken Horrigan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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