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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    At first it's a kick to watch Clint Eastwood play Steve Everett, a horn-dog newsman...Is Clint being Clinton-esque? Even if he's not, these scenes are the liveliest part of this dog-tired movie. show more

  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    It's hokey, implausible and packed with red herrings, and yet it's a lot of fun. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Thankfully, this time Eastwood flirts (and ogles) but stops just short of going completely over the top. [19 March 1999, Life, p.13E] show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    This is an old-fashioned movie done with wit, grace, smarts and style. [19 March 1999, Friday, p.A] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Wickedly effective thriller. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It would be even better if Eastwood followed his character's lead and emphasized "real issues" over "human interest" in a story that touches on important social problems without doing much to illuminate them. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Has the potential to be a truly memorable film, and, for more than three-quarters of its running time, it is poised to live up to that potential. But then there are the final twenty minutes. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    Plays like a lost Rockford file. show more

  • 38
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    On the whole, the film is content to lumber awkwardly between the condemned man on death row and the intrepid reporter on his save-a-life beat -- there's about as much rhythm in the style as there is sense in the plot. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Eastwood, ironically, is the weak link in the cast, a less-than-ideal choice to play a screw-up who squeaks through life on personal magnetism: He's got star quality, sure, even a certain remote sexiness, but he's no charmer. show more

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