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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Eastwood hasn't had this much fun with a role in years, and his joy is contagious. show more

  • 63
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    In the tautly terrific thriller In the Line of Fire , Clint Eastwood toys with his own grizzled-vet screen image like a frisky kitten with a yarn ball. [09 Jul 1993 Pg. 01.D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The director is Wolfgang Petersen ("Das Boot"), who is able to unwind the plot like clockwork while at the same time establishing the characters as surprisingly sympathetic. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    The result is a finely tuned suspense thriller, though executives who have recently laid off trained killers may experience some discomfort. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Petersen takes what could have been a muddled motion picture and structures it perfectly, creating a strong piece of entertainment. It helps, of course, that he has a capable cast. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This is a movie that works well when it works, and lazes around the rest of the time. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    In the Line of Fire is a terrific action movie with good performances and a smart script that occasionally falters for trying too hard but, on the whole, takes us on psychological journeys that few of us have had opportunities to experience. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    With all of that going for it, it's hard to see how In the Line of Fire could be anything less than rock-solid entertainment-and, indeed, it is. Yet it's never more than that. show more

  • 100
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    It's movie making of the high, smooth, commercial order that Hollywood prides itself on but achieves with singular infrequency. show more

  • 80
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    In truth, 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. [09 Jul 1993 Pg. F1] show more

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