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Awesome: 15.25%
Worth A Look: 18.64%
Pretty Bad: 8.47%
Total Crap: 23.73%

4 reviews, 35 user ratings

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by Ryan Arthur

"Clint, Clint, Clint. You're only hurting yourself."
1 stars

Dear lord, this movie sucked.

Slow and plodding with an ending different from the (far superior) book by David Baldacci.

It's a shame that with such a talented cast (Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Judy Davis, the late E.G. Marshall and even Clint himself) this movie sucked so bad. The actors go into autopilot mode as the movie moves slowly (really slow. Like glaciers-sliding-across-continents-slow) towards an unspectacular finale. Hard to believe the screenplay was written by William Goldman, notable for Butch Casssidy and the Sundance Kid and All The President's Men.

Just awful.

Not even worth the rental.

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originally posted: 08/28/98 23:58:48
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User Comments

12/29/17 morris campbell routine eastwood flick 3 stars
5/04/15 Ed Riddick Somewhat entertaining but repeatedly disappointing, after the compelling opening. 3 stars
2/02/12 Jeff Wilder Well-acted and directed. But lacks the quality to stand out. 3 stars
9/05/08 JEAN LOVED IT !! 4 stars
9/28/07 mr.mike not the best thing Clint has done 3 stars
1/13/07 Sepi53 excellent political thriller! Clint rules!!! 5 stars
11/15/06 Indrid Cold Clint seems to make a lot of these decent but forgettable thrillers. 3 stars
8/26/05 ES pointless, I love Eastwood but this dog won't hunt 2 stars
5/31/05 Roger Levit While not Eastman's best, it hoilds its own. 4 stars
6/02/04 Jack Sommersby Entertaining but nonsensical. The first 15 minutes are deftly superb. 3 stars
6/02/04 tatum Crisp thriller, "it could never happen!"...yeah, right 5 stars
5/16/04 John Clint helps - but this movie does need help 3 stars
1/27/04 x-nonymous This sucked the creme out of my twinkie. 1 stars
12/25/03 Sugarfoot Pretty decent, even though it's a step backwards for Eastwood 3 stars
5/16/03 mr. Pink Good perfs elevate this trash with one of the worst third acts ever! 2 stars
4/12/03 Jeremy Laura Linney in one of her usual bitch roles. 3 stars
11/17/02 E. Clifton Daniel Fat Roger Ebert is right about this film ... it is a superior thriller with a human side. 4 stars
2/01/02 Andrew Carden Other Then A Flimsy Plot, The Movie Is A Soon-2-Be Classic...Excellent Movie. 5 stars
4/01/01 R.W. Welch Has its moments early on, but loses credibility along the way. 3 stars
3/26/01 Monster W. Kung Very good, if a little unrealistic, portrait of power and its abuse. 4 stars
2/16/01 Jake I enjoyed it immensely. 4 stars
11/28/00 Cristopher Revilla Good, but not that bad, I think i know now where ol' Monica got the idea for doing Bill... 4 stars
9/05/00 Terrie Smith Eastwood has done better; Hackman goes over the top. Not bad. 3 stars
5/19/00 tank suspenseful, intelligent but flawed. 4 stars
9/30/99 the Grinch Better than most drivel, but disappointing ending. 4 stars
4/20/99 Lucas jackson This movie was good,but fuck it could have been better,it's not as good as Dirty Harry 4 stars
4/13/99 Go Swans Superbly acted, but a poor ending does it in. 4 stars
2/18/99 Piz boring well acted movie...good premise 2 stars
11/13/98 Jules I was not surprised to see it in the list of movies on a hotel movie channel... 2 stars
9/26/98 Slabs Most of the film was relatively common-place but fun. 3 stars
8/26/98 Pete Clint.. babe. Deliberate pacing doesn't always equal good. 3 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Absolute Toilet more like. 2 stars
8/19/98 Johny It was alright, nothing noteable 3 stars
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