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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 24, 2010
...Eastwood makes what he can of a nifty, though implausible, what-if idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 29, 2009
Eastwood films with his usual effortless pace, generating suspense practically out of thin air.
Top Critic
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.
August 22, 2008
One begins to long for a good explosion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Film4
August 22, 2008
Not one of Clint's best, but still better-than-average entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
Contrived and dawdling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 6, 2005
A pretty decent suspense movie, until its last half hour or so, which ends on a flaccid note and doesn't generate the needed resolution for the solid build-up that came before.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 17, 2005
For all the suspense the film does generate, the fairly flat climax is a disappointing payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Dunderheaded fantasy about noble thieves and corrupt commander-in-chiefs.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Good actors elevate this disappointing and lame effort by a respected filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 31, 2004
...suffers from the same pathology as Bridges of Madison County; a weakness of source material.
| Original Score: D
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 29, 2003
The plot and its resolution requires simply too much disbelief to be suspended by the audience...
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Top Critic
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.
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
You could waste your time in many worse ways than watching this ensemble of old pros shoot and scratch at each other.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
The ending of the film is rather abrupt, but most of the time this film runs as slick as oil, thanks to impeccable production standards, a solid script and good performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
February 6, 2003
Eastwood labors in a role that calls for someone far less forceful, while Hackman is positively embarassing. These were the same guys who made Unforgiven?
| Original Score: 1/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 18, 2002
Can't believe William Goldman wrote this crap, or that Eastwood, Hackman, Harris, and Davis bothered to get involved with it either.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
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
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Um filme inconstante que alterna bons momentos com outros muito fracos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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