Absolute Power

User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27

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  1. SteveH.
    Mar 31, 2005
    6
    A promising idea for a film - a crook witnesses a crime, so who will believe him? - this rather runs out of steam, so that after an hour or so I was reduced to just waiting to see how they sorted it out in the end. Clint Eastwood, as usual, manages to make even a fairly stock character interesting, but in the end I couldn't be persuaded to care.
  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.
  3. 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.
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    A film that is entertaining but not seriously absorbing.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    50
    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]
  3. The content is eminently forgettable but the thing has definitely got style.