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Absolute Power Reviews

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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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James Berardinelli
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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Charles Taylor
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The script calls for no bold statements about the politics of the White House, which makes the film rather weak in purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
This is just a better makeup job on the same misogynist theme: live woman = nothing; dead woman = power.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Lacks the consistency, depth and suspense that would put it in a league with Eastwood's best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
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.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Clint Eastwood...produced, directed and stars in this generally lunatic, occasionally pathetic and more often comically inept endeavor.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
It's refreshing to think that good movies can still be made with only actors, a tight script, and some nice locations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Sadly, any lofty artistic aspirations are quickly undone by the sheer ill-advised audacity of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Eastwood is perfect as the bad guy you root for because he isn't nearly as bad as the other bad guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
This film, although watchable and enjoyable, makes me wonder if Eastwood burned himself out after the masterpiece of Unforgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/10
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 24, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 6, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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