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Absolute Power Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 31, 2004
...suffers from the same pathology as Bridges of Madison County; a weakness of source material.
Read More | Original Score: D
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Dunderheaded fantasy about noble thieves and corrupt commander-in-chiefs.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Contrived and dawdling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
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
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.
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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Good actors elevate this disappointing and lame effort by a respected filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Unintentional yuks litter an otherwise somber political thriller adapted from David Baldacci's novel.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Dragan Antulov
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
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
Top Critic
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.
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.
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
Top Critic
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
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
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.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 6, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
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
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