In the Line of Fire - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

In the Line of Fire Reviews

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December 6, 2017
Almost reaching its 25 year anniversary, and only now have I even heard of it, let alone see it - I also think it's the first Clint Eastwood film I've ever witnessed. Bearing that in mind, i appear to have picked a gooden as its littered with action, drama, mystery and suspense. It's like Naked Gun without the spoofing element as we watch the buildup and mind games between hero and villain in this attempted assassination attempt. The characters age adds a slight unrealism to it, but who cares about that - just ask James Bond :)
½ November 14, 2017
A thorough thriller. Nothing too exciting or particularly great. A text book example of a 90's police thriller.
Malkovich's performance is intense during one particular scene but otherwise very "Malkovichy". The same can be said about Eastwoods portrayal of a gritty agent fighting retirement.
Don't expect to be mentally thrown around.
June 17, 2017
Kind of like another Dirty Harry. Great shots of D.C.
½ February 17, 2017
An excellent display of cat and mouse that feature an excellent lead and a quick-intimidating villain. The film relies so heavily on Clint Eastwood's performance, which does indeed bring his usual flare and tough guy presence that we all crave. We need more stars like Eastwood because movies like this are a rarity
January 30, 2017
Sorry it is a lot better reservoir dogs and pulp fiction.. It is just like Kamen Rider Movie, easy to guess. Just Happy ending then Hail America...
January 10, 2017
It's good movie to watch
January 9, 2017
It's good to see Eastwood duke it out with a Malkovich nearing his prime. Some of this hasn't stood the test of time, particularly the relationship between Eastwood and Russo, but Malkovich's turn is great and as an early 90's political thriller, it's prett-y good.
January 4, 2017
Still one of my favorites. Watching it now as an adult, I have to admit, Clint Eastwood underperformed. His one-liners and smooth-talking towards Renee Russo was pretty cheesy and his acting was even a bit quirky, plus his action scenes were visibly fake (watch closely when he throws a punch, way off target). However, the story is top-notch, edge-of-your-seat caliber and John Malkovich turns in one of his best acting performances ever. That's saying a lot for the versatile, incredibly gifted actor who's provided countless classic figures to refer to. This movie just should not be missed, and should be revisited repeatedly.
½ December 26, 2016
A well-written film that makes up for it's unrealistc aspects with a wonderful performance by John Malkovich-- clearly showing up what an antagonist of this genre should be.
November 22, 2016
If you want someone to play a grizzled old agent who used to be the best but has lost a step, it's hard to do much better than Clint Eastwood. And if you want a quirky but intelligent man, who proves himself to be a psycopath, there's no one better than John Malkovich. Those two casting decisions really make In the Line of Fire something special. I love their interplay with one another both on the phone and face to face. Some of the supporting cast (like Dylan McDermott) might have been a stretch, but this film is held aloft by the leads. The story is straightforward, a madman plans to assassinate the president and it's up to the Secret Service to stop him. What I found most interesting was the way they inserted a veteran agent who had experience with past assassinations, and then the killer becomes obsessed with that history. It adds some depth and stakes to the film beyond what you'd expect from a movie that explores these familiar tropes. The relationship with Rene Russo was definitely forced, and completely unnecessary. That whole subplot should have been cut out and it would have elevated the movie a lot. Aside from that, my only real complaint about In the Line of Fire is that you can see Eastwood's age in some scenes and it is a bit unbelievable when he gets into a fist fight and dominates. Otherwise, most of this film was a joy to watch as a quality action/thriller, and I would recommend it to fans of the genre.
October 18, 2016
Saw this at the pictures and was surprised how much I remembered 23 years on. Thought it was a good 'un then. I was right too.
October 13, 2016
Has some distinctly corny moments and one-liners, but was generally an interesting movie to watch
September 25, 2016
Estimables actuaciones de Eastwood y Malkovich en una trama de "carrera contra el reloj" a la que no le falla nada. Buena opcion para un fin de semana.
September 25, 2016
Eastwood vs Malcovich is how this should have been advertised. Catch me if you can kind of feel to the movie. The fact that Eastwood was the right age to have been a bodyguard for JFK makes this even more dramatic.
July 10, 2016
Your typical 90s action flick. J. Malkovich elevates the movie as well as E. Morricone's music. Suspence element makes it special.
½ May 17, 2016
Clint reminds me of my dad, I like all his stuff
April 20, 2016
Without Clint Eastwood this movie just wouldn't work, with him it is one of the best thrillers of the 1990's.
April 14, 2016
Old school panta teleies taineies :)
December 28, 2015
Not as good as it apparently is.
December 9, 2015
When talking about thrillers, I really don't know if I have seem a movie that has kept me on the edge of my seat since In the Line of Fire. This is an absolutely fantastic movie. The plot is pretty simple, there is a man who is plotting to kill the President, played by John Malkovich,and is taunting a Secret Service agent played by Clint Eastwood who is trying to prevent him from doing it. Take notes aspiring actors and filmmakers, this is what it looks like when great acting and filmmaking can take a simple concept and make it downright incredible to watch. The interaction between Eastwood and Malkovich is nothing short of brilliant. There is a point in the film where you will forget Malkovich is just an actor playing a role in a movie because he honestly was born to play this role. I can not see anyone else casted in this movie playing his character. Honestly, in the grand scheme of things this is one of the most underrated movies of all time. Both actors fit the roles brilliantly as the story plays out you can feel the tension building. Not only can you feel the tension getting thicker but you can feel Malkovich getting more psychotic with every scene, you cant take your eyes away from the screen while he is on. A great movie that I highly recommend to anyone who wants to be thrilled and stay on the edge of their seat the entire movie.
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