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In this thriller, an aging cat burglar becomes a crusader embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game involving murder and a government cover-up. Adapted by distinguished scenarist William Goldman from a novel by David Baldacci and featuring a powerful all-star cast, the story works at different levels, not only as a straight-forward thriller but also as an insightful look at the love between the old thief and his estranged daughter, a highly successful prosecuting attorney. The trouble begins when ex-con Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood, who also directed) decides to pull off one last heist before… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...Eastwood makes what he can of a nifty, though implausible, what-if idea."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Not one of Clint's best, but still better-than-average entertainment."
‑ , Film4
"For all the suspense the film does generate, the fairly flat climax is a disappointing payoff."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Doesn't rank with Eastwood's best work as actor/director, but it's nevertheless solidly enjoyable."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Ultimately, this is a thriller in vain search of credible thrills."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Eastwood films with his usual effortless pace, generating suspense practically out of thin air."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Contrived and dawdling."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Dunderheaded fantasy about noble thieves and corrupt commander-in-chiefs."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Mr. Hackman languishes in the smallish role of a White House buffoon, with Judy Davis equally cartoonish as his witchy chief of staff."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Almost a drawing room thriller, unhurried and genteel but enlivened with suspense and surprising bursts of sly, even biting, humor."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"One begins to long for a good explosion."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Good actors elevate this disappointing and lame effort by a respected filmmaker."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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