90

The New Republic

By Stanley Kauffmann
The result, except for the stock action climax, is sharp, fast, bitter. [19 September 1994, p. 38]
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90

The New Yorker

The filmmakers haven't simply tamed the rogue elephant of Clancy's narrative; they've turned it into something that moves as gracefully and as powerfully as a gazelle.
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80

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
Another fast, gripping spy story with some good tricks up its sleeve.
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78

Austin Chronicle

There is enough intrigue to keep it interesting, and if it ever feels too slow, try counting the number of people who get betrayed.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The plot alone is a thing of beauty.
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70

TV Guide

The storytelling is livelier and more engaging than previous adaptations of Clancy's turgid techno-thrillers.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Enjoyable, but it's a shallow enjoyment.
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
Earlier Clancy films alternated between the dull and the ridiculous. First-rate writers like Steven Zaillian and the great John Milius have managed to make this considerably meatier.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
As a thriller, this 21 2-hour production takes a slow route between short bursts of excitement.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
True-blue Ford keeps 'Clear' out of danger. [3 August 1994, p.D1]
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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