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TV Guide
July 30, 2013
In the Line of Fire explores this intriguing premise with subtlety and suspense, particularly during several phone conversations between a gloating, you-can't-stop-me Leary and a visibly shaken Horrigan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 2, 2013
One of the more rugged and enjoyable examples of how early-'90s mainstream cinema worked when it was being made sensibly and effectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
Director Wolfgang Petersen sends the story efficiently down its straight and narrow track, deftly engineering the battle of wills between two desperately committed men.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 30, 2008
You have a rendezvous with Dirty Harry's 62-year-old ass! And if you don't know what that means, you'd better figure it out!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Cabin
June 4, 2008
It's Dirty Harry goes to Washington
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 26, 2007
It's an uncommonly exciting, intelligent movie, and one of the best summer movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
December 12, 2006
This well-executed picture demonstrates the validity of Hitchcock's claim that a thriller is as good as its villain. John Malkovich is an excellent villain, but the film also has a good, flawed hero, played by Clint Eastwood.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chuck O'Leary
March 3, 2006
Commercial entertainment at its finest. A first-class, exceptionally well-made thriller.
| Original Score: 9/10
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Directing each set-piece for all he's worth, Petersen highlights the plot with vivid details and invests several of the action sequences with moral/psychological dimensions.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 6, 2006
A wonderful cat-and-mouse thriller matching Eastwood against Malkovich's serpentine would-be assassin.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
April 2, 2005
Smooth and effortlessly entertaining political thriller. Eastwood & Malkovich deliver great work.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
March 10, 2005
One of Eastwood's finest moments....truly tense
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 1, 2005
Malkovich is at top of his game. Clint is Clint, which is all that matters.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Taut Eastwood thriller greatly helped by Malkovich's villain.
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
July 16, 2003
I think this is the last Clint-as-badass movie I really enjoyed as much as I'd hoped.
| Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Brilliant thriller. You feel as much for the villain as you do for the hero, almost rooting for both of them.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2003
A guilt-ridden Secret Service agent sezies the opportunity to redeem himself.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 19, 2003
An engrossing thriller
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The most uproariously entertaining movie of the summer so far.
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
While strong performances by John Malkovich and Eastwood make this an engaging movie to watch, director Wolfgang Petersen too often substitutes gratuitous violence for suspense, enigma for narrative and cliches about loneliness for character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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