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  • Summary: He was where he shouldn't have been, saw what he shouldn't have seen. But who'll believe the word of a career thief and ex-con (Eastwood) when he says he saw a woman killed -- and that the man responsible is the President of the United States? (Warner Bros)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. A first-rate thriller about arrogance at the top.
  2. 88
    A tight, taut thriller with a twist.
  3. Eastwood is perfect as the bad guy (a thief) you root for.
  4. Eastwood directs a sensible-looking genre film with smooth expertise, but its plot is quietly berserk.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Eastwood gutsily stages the extended opening slowly and methodically... [But u]nintentional yuks litter an otherwise somber political thriller adapted from David Baldacci's novel.
  6. Glum and depersonalized, as if Eastwood couldn't muster the energy to guide us through this maze of improbable twists. [14 Feb 1997, p. 39]
  7. 20
    Promises to speed up the pacemakers of grumpy old Republicans with its ruthless indictment of the unzipped presidency.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 22, 2014
    6
    Absolute Power is a marginal film, but only sporadically good. Certain scenes are riveting, while others fall flat. Overall, the movie just hits the green. Expand
  2. PatC.
    Sep 1, 2005
    5
    Unusual premise, good drama in the one-way mirror scene, but eventually the film just drags and is unenlightened and predictable.

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