No Way Out
No Way Out (1987)

No Way Out is told in flashback as Naval officer Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner) is grilled by his superiors regarding a recent "unpleasantness." While at a Washington party, Tom meets Susan Atwel (Sean Young), and they're soon… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score
90%
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User Score
72%



Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Roger Donaldson's modern spin on the dense, stylish suspense films of the 1940s features fine work from Gene Hackman and Sean Young, as well as the career-making performance that made Kevin Costner a star.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

While the film's behind-the-scenes look into the world of Washington bureaucracy is appealing, the movie is a complete letdown as a thriller, dissolving into implausible silliness.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A thriller that grabs you even before the ironies of its plot kick in is a thriller you don't want to miss. No Way Out is that sort of movie, a thriller that's thrilling throughout.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The action is tight and suspenseful, and the plot culminates in the most astounding last-minute switch of the decade.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

No Way Out emerges, paradoxically, as a film that is better than it has to be and not as good as it ought to be, but there is skill here, as well as an admirable willingness to try something new.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

A juicy thriller-romance bursting out of the Pentagon's arid corridors.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

As befits the title, it dead-ends long before it's over.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

No Way Out's greatest prize is Costner, a leading man at last: fiercely good, intelligent, appreciatively sensual in a performance balanced perfectly between action and introspection.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Viewers who arrive at the movie five minutes late and leave five minutes early will avoid the setup and payoff for the preposterous twist that spoils this lively, intelligent remake of 1948's The Big Clock.

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Empire Magazine

Good performances from a strong cast and paranoid plotting enough to keep even the staunchest of remake nay-sayers quiet. Hitchockian production with a modern twist.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
No Way Out has become a bit of classic thriller. It's dated even for 1987 as I'm sure the Pentagon's technology was a little bit better than that… More
Deb S
Minister of Defense David Brice (Gene Hackman) accidently kills his mistress Susan (Sean Young) and his secretary Scott Pritchard (Will Patton) devices a ploy… More
xGary Xx
Costner vehicle saved from total mediocrity by, yet again, Gene Hackman (he should've belonged to International Rescue the number of dreary Hollywood… More
ashley hayes-beaty
Very 80s,but very good. Suspense,drama and mystery. I hated Sean Young, I wanted her to die in the first bit of the movie-lol. But its a great movie. I miss the… More
Dean McKenna
Tense and racy thriller in Pentagon. Sean Young's hotter in naked when she asked her close friend to borrow her apartment for a night.
matt sigur
Classic.

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