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Absolute Power Reviews

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June 25, 2020
Absolute Power is... fresh out of the clichés that reduce most thrillers to formula.
June 25, 2020
Credibility is the main casualty of the piece, but William Goldman's taut script is well realised by thoughtful direction and the high-calibre cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 25, 2020
"Absolute Power" is appealingly untrendy: no car chases, no explosions, no nubile strippers. There isn't even a single character in the movie under 30.
June 25, 2020
An ingenious, taut thriller beset with narrative gaps and unconvincing moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 25, 2020
"Absolute Power" is not a "must-see." But if you're looking for a well-made, grown-up movie, it's worth your time and money.
June 25, 2020
Absolute Power is one of those evil-in-high-places thrillers that hums along nicely while the crimes are being committed, and sputters while they're being solved.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 25, 2020
It's more effective than expected - aside from the scenes of excessive sex and violence, that is - mainly because Eastwood gives one of the most deeply felt performances of his career.
June 25, 2020
"Absolute Power" wanders. Yet, the movie is worth seeing simply because of Eastwood's presence, his (and Green's) camera, his excellent cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 25, 2020
It's let down by a wildly implausible script... but it's still enjoyable, and the sleaze theme is nothing if not timely.
August 9, 2019
Eastwood has infused Absolute Power with a predictably deliberate sensibility that fits the material quite well...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 1, 2018
Eastwood is at his effortless, slyboots best: he deftly cranks up the suspense at the beginning, but by the end he's cruising along so briskly that he can afford to throw away the climactic, violent scenes other directors would belabor.
July 6, 2010
A reasonably engrossing and entertaining suspenser for most of its running time that is undercut by too many coincidences and some whoppingly far-fetched developments in the home stretch.
May 24, 2010
...Eastwood makes what he can of a nifty, though implausible, what-if idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 29, 2009
Eastwood films with his usual effortless pace, generating suspense practically out of thin air.
October 18, 2008
Frequently fun, but glossy tosh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2008
The plot is a doomsday version of Bill Clinton's Paula Jones problem, but the theme is impending mortality--settling scores before time's up.
August 22, 2008
Not one of Clint's best, but still better-than-average entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 24, 2006
Doesn't rank with Eastwood's best work as actor/director, but it's nevertheless solidly enjoyable.
December 6, 2005
A pretty decent suspense movie, until its last half hour or so, which ends on a flaccid note and doesn't generate the needed resolution for the solid build-up that came before.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 24, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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