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In the Line of Fire Reviews

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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
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2013
Director Wolfgang Petersen moves the story along, but his real job is to simply stay out of the way of his two racehorse lead actors. And he does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2013
Every part of this film trades so heavily on Eastwood's presence that it is impossible to imagine it with anyone else in the starring role.
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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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 30, 2013
Despite the presence of all these action-flick cliches, In the Line of Fire works. Sure, it's no more than a formula movie, but it's an effective formula movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2013
Between them, director Petersen and screenwriter Jeff Maguire do a memorable job developing their characters in this story of personal and professional redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 30, 2013
For the most part, this is an exciting, engaging thriller, well-directed by Wolfgang Petersen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 30, 2013
Clint Eastwood has always been an old man. Even in the '60s, as the gunslinger in Sergio Leone westerns, Eastwood had the squinty eyes, sour mouth and weary walk of a soldier who had been in too many wars.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The most uproariously entertaining movie of the summer so far.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
In the Line of Fire is often an explosive blend of pounding tension and wisecracking humor. This is formula dished out by experts.
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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
ReelViews
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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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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[It] is not a brilliant movie. But thanks to Eastwood, it feels like one.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 9, 1993
Though the movie is engrossing, it lacks something: fire, weirdness, originality.
Full Review | Original Score: B