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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.
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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.

August 22, 2008
Not one of Clint's best, but still better-than-average entertainment.
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'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
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 24, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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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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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.
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
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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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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
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
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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