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Metascore

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100
It's movie making of the high, smooth, commercial order that Hollywood prides itself on but achieves with singular infrequency.
88
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.
88
The result is a finely tuned suspense thriller, though executives who have recently laid off trained killers may experience some discomfort.
80
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]
78
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.
75
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.
75
Eastwood hasn't had this much fun with a role in years, and his joy is contagious.
75
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.
63
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]
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
This is a movie that works well when it works, and lazes around the rest of the time.

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