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No Way Out Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2013
While the film's behind-the-scenes look into the world of Washington bureaucracy is appealing, the movie is a complete letdown as a thriller, dissolving into implausible silliness.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2013
No Way Out emerges, paradoxically, as a film that is better than it has to be and not as good as it ought to be, but there is skill here, as well as an admirable willingness to try something new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2013
No Way Out's greatest prize is Costner, a leading man at last: fiercely good, intelligent, appreciatively sensual in a performance balanced perfectly between action and introspection.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 29, 2013
A thriller that grabs you even before the ironies of its plot kick in is a thriller you don't want to miss. No Way Out is that sort of movie, a thriller that's thrilling throughout.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 29, 2013
A juicy thriller-romance bursting out of the Pentagon's arid corridors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 23, 2011
Viewers who arrive at the movie five minutes late and leave five minutes early will avoid the setup and payoff for the preposterous twist that spoils this lively, intelligent remake of 1948's The Big Clock.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 30, 2009
No Way Out is an effective updating and revamping of the 1948 film noir classic The Big Clock.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 30, 2009
It's the kind of intricately plotted suspense film with juicy secondary parts (Will Patton, George Dzundza, Iman, Howard Duff) that used to be churned out in the 1940s.
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Brian Case
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A very convincing nightmare, and if Hackman gives too rounded a performance to approach the omniscient evil of Laughton's original, Patton assumes the mantle as Brice's henchman, while Costner confirms his arrival as a star.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's so effective, in fact, that when it's all over, you might want to sit through the beginning again just to see if the end is justified by the means. I suspect that it is.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The film makes such good use of Washington and builds suspense so well that it transcends a plot bordering on ridiculous.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A superior example of the genre, a film in which a simple situation grows more and more complex until it turns into a nightmare not only for the hero but also for everyone associated with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In thriller terms it's close to irresistible and enormously entertaining.