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June 25, 2020
Eastwood the director sets a pace so poky that grannies with walkers seem fleet in comparison. Of course, this makes the many plot holes and implausibilities all the more evident...
June 25, 2020
Absolute Power is... fresh out of the clichés that reduce most thrillers to formula.
June 25, 2020
Clint Eastwood as producer-director-star strikes out in a rather slack thriller that oddly recalls a couple of Hitchcock's lesser movies, To Catch a Thief and Topaz.
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" 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
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.
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.
June 24, 2006
Doesn't rank with Eastwood's best work as actor/director, but it's nevertheless solidly enjoyable.
May 20, 2003
Mr. Hackman languishes in the smallish role of a White House buffoon, with Judy Davis equally cartoonish as his witchy chief of staff.
June 18, 2002
A first-rate thriller about arrogance at the top, a showdown between two kinds of Americans: the evil, omnipotent bureaucrat and the enterprising, mind-his- own-business loner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 12, 2002
Ultimately, this is a thriller in vain search of credible thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 14, 2001
Almost a drawing room thriller, unhurried and genteel but enlivened with suspense and surprising bursts of sly, even biting, humor.
January 1, 2000
Unintentional yuks litter an otherwise somber political thriller adapted from David Baldacci's novel.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The picture might have gotten by if Eastwood had given it some impudent wit. But he directs to the rhythm of his facial muscles.
January 1, 2000
Not many thrillers slow down to notice relationships, but this one does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
A fairly routine thriller that gets high marks as a result of tight pacing and top-notch acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 14, 1997
There's something garish and degrading about a thriller that's this lip-smackingly eager to transmute sleaze into murder.
Full Review | Original Score: C