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Clint Eastwood delivers one of his finest performances, as a secret service agent haunted by his past in Wolfgang Petersen's taut thriller In the Line of Fire. Eastwood plays Frank Horrigan, a secret service agent who keeps thinking back to November 22, 1963, when, as an agent hand-picked by President Kennedy, he became one of the few agents to have lost a president to an assassin. Decades later, psychotic Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) is stalking another president (Jim Curley) running for re-election. He has spent long hours studying the psyche of Frank Horrigan, and he taunts Horrigan… More
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"Petersen directs his film in a straightforward, workmanlike fashion-few surprises here -- and, curiously, for most of the film is better at establishing a kind of amiability than a hard tension."
‑ Clifford Terry, Chicago Tribune
"The movie has a clear, simple thriller logic that's far more satisfying than the static variations-on-a-massacre construction of Eastwood's Dirty Harry pictures and spaghetti Westerns."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"It just builds, relationship by relationship, detail by detail, clever stroke by clever stroke, taking you in and making you its own. It ought to wear a sign: Danger. Professionals At Work."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Preposterous but still thoroughly involving, this tense, kinetic, ingenious thriller is the thinking fan's action movie."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Petersen piles on the suspense with ruthless skill, while Eastwood reveals the same vulnerability that made his performance in Unforgiven so compelling and convincing."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"Director Wolfgang Petersen moves the story along, but his real job is to simply stay out of the way of his two racehorse lead actors. And he does."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Despite the presence of all these action-flick cliches, In the Line of Fire works. Sure, it's no more than a formula movie, but it's an effective formula movie."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"What separates In The Line Of Fire from the rest of the bog-standard good-guy/bad-guy set-up is the clear implication throughout that these two sworn enemies have more in common than they may think."
‑ Barry McIlheney, Empire Magazine
"How fitting that in this summer of dinosaurs, Clint Eastwood has again emerged as the most interesting thing on screen."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Feverish suspense is at work in In the Line of Fire, a film of surprising depth for an action thriller. The felicitous interweaving of humor and high drama is another hallmark of this tense story of wits."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Every part of this film trades so heavily on Eastwood's presence that it is impossible to imagine it with anyone else in the starring role."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Between them, director Petersen and screenwriter Jeff Maguire do a memorable job developing their characters in this story of personal and professional redemption."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Eerie assassin and protector are perfectly balanced in this classy entertainment."
‑ , Film4
"[Peterson] keeps his new film hopping at a lively pace, and he shows sensitivity to the look and feel of American politics."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"[A] shallow but well assembled thriller."
‑ , Total Film
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