No Way Out
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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 sharing a steamy love scene in the back of a limo (marvelously parodied in 1993's Hot Shots! Part Deux). Several months pass before Tom meets Susan again; he discovers she's the mistress of the US Secretary of Defense David Brice (Gene Hackman). When Susan is murdered by Brice, his loyal aide (Will Patton) dutifully destroys the evidence and invents… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The action is tight and suspenseful, and the plot culminates in the most astounding last-minute switch of the decade."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It's too bad Alfred Hitchcock didn't live long enough to put Kevin Costner into a movie, because Costner is exactly the kind of leading man Hitchcock liked."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"A tense and well made thriller."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"A juicy thriller-romance bursting out of the Pentagon's arid corridors."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"As befits the title, it dead-ends long before it's over."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"This is a major treat."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"Kevin Costner displays some charisma, for once, in a twisty, stylish espionage thriller."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME 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."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Sex, violence and secrecy can make a volatile on-screen combination, but not this time."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A cleverly plotted thriller with impeccable performances. Costner is spot on as the man who finds it hard to play by others' rules, even if it may cost him his head."
‑ , Film4
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