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In the Line of Fire Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 30, 2013
If you don't care about such motivations, this is a pretty good thriller, though not one you're likely to remember for very long.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 22, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Malkovich does such wonderfully unexpected things, especially with his line readings, that he leaves us dumbfounded. No other performer is more effortlessly unnerving than this perversely gifted actor.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 13, 2014
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, In the Line of Fire builds a palpable tension between the Eastwood and Malkovich characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2013
Petersen directs his film in a straightforward, workmanlike fashion-few surprises here -- and, curiously, for most of the film is better at establishing a kind of amiability than a hard tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 30, 2013
Feverish suspense is at work in In the Line of Fire, a film of surprising depth for an action thriller. The felicitous interweaving of humor and high drama is another hallmark of this tense story of wits.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 30, 2013
Preposterous but still thoroughly involving, this tense, kinetic, ingenious thriller is the thinking fan's action movie.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Despite the familiar plot elements ... In the Line of Fire is not a retread but a smart, tense, well-made thriller -- Eastwood's best in the genre since Tightrope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Hands down, Malkovich's assassin is the best thing about this solid thriller -- a villain that rivals Hannibal Lecter for intelligence and cold, calculated viciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
July 30, 2013
The movie has a clear, simple thriller logic that's far more satisfying than the static variations-on-a-massacre construction of Eastwood's Dirty Harry pictures and spaghetti Westerns.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
Petersen piles on the suspense with ruthless skill, while Eastwood reveals the same vulnerability that made his performance in Unforgiven so compelling and convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
April 2, 2005
Smooth and effortlessly entertaining political thriller. Eastwood & Malkovich deliver great work.
| Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
July 30, 2013
It just builds, relationship by relationship, detail by detail, clever stroke by clever stroke, taking you in and making you its own. It ought to wear a sign: Danger. Professionals At Work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Clint Morris
March 10, 2005
One of Eastwood's finest moments....truly tense
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 12, 2003
Solid and well-crafted; neither Eastwood nor Petersen has been quite as good since.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
It's worth seeing as a reasonably crafted suspense film, but a month from now I will barely remember it,
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
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