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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2013)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 153
Fresh: 85 | Rotten: 68

It doesn't reinvent the action-thriller wheel, but Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit offers a sleek, reasonably diverting reboot for a long-dormant franchise.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 16

It doesn't reinvent the action-thriller wheel, but Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit offers a sleek, reasonably diverting reboot for a long-dormant franchise.



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Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, "Jack Ryan" is a global action thriller set in the present day. This original story follow a young Jack (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper (Kevin Costner). When

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All Critics (153) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (68)

The dim star wattage in this fifth rehash is palpable from the start.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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This is the very definition of an OK thriller.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Richard
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Director Kenneth Branagh knows how to invest the ridiculous with a sort of grandeur - Exhibit A: the surprisingly fun Thor - but Shadow Recruit is more straightforward in nature, so he can't get too fancy.

January 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Branagh runs through all of this efficiently enough, but it feels awfully familiar.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Almost 25 years later, Jack: Ryan Shadow Recruit tries its best to reignite the Cold War, with tepid results.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Too much of the action in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit takes place on laptops, thumb drives, and video monitors.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A simplistic, vainglorious attempt to reboot a popular literary character featuring two extremes of acting: leaden and scenery-chewing.

March 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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I'm aware that commercial and cultural forces require everything to be rebooted triennially with fresher, hotter stars. But this is the second time the Jack Ryan franchise has rejected a youth transplant.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland

It's rare that a movie like this should be longer, but a little elongating might help this clipped, B-grade thriller resonate a little deeper.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair

Proof that "January junk" no longer applies to every January release.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

For a character who has been rebooted three times in five movies, it's a little disappointing they didn't try something new with Jack Ryan in Shadow Recruit. And by "something", I mean "anything".

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

Chris Pine is perfectly cast as Jack Ryan, the Tom Clancy created hero.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source:

The action comes non-stop and credit director/co-star Branagh with making the film interesting, both with his performance and his guidance.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: MediaMikes

The nauseating repetition will cause frustrating exhales. The fast cutting frenetic chase sequences feel like they were left on Paul Greengrass' cutting room floor.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Jack Ryan seems neither sufficiently suave nor highly skilled to fully capture our imaginations. After all, he's really just a super banker, whose mission success here depends on downloading data onto his memory stick. Hardly thrilling?

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: UTV

It's one of these vending-machine movies: a good-enough, easily forgettable flick that benefits from selection bias and low expectations.

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

The plotting is fairly hackneyed, with standard-issue office break-ins and routine car chases, right down to the inevitable ticking bomb climax. And the action lacks the furious kinetic urgency the Bourne movies brought to the secret agent genre.

February 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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If it wasn't for Costner's pleasantly gruff CIA handler being tart and folksy in a moderately appealing way, there'd be not a single thing standing between Shadow Recruit and total unwatchability.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Nothing new re-boot of the Tom Clancy espionage wherein we learn the Russians are the bad guys...Again.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Great Chase Scenes

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source:

... a modestly engaging if overly familiar espionage thriller, with the Americans and Russians in yet another cinematic struggle for world domination.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source:

[T]he film's second half seems determined to snuff out the promise of its first, making it hard to wish for this incarnation of the character, or any, to have more big-screen adventures.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

I am completely fine with Pine giving us more Jack Ryan in the future. Hopefully they can find a new script or go back to one of the Tom Clancy novels for an interesting story.

January 29, 2014 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

...a promising new direction for Clancy's iconic character.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

At least the author didn't live to see it. If only Clive Cussler had been as lucky with Sahara.

January 26, 2014 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Both Chris Pine and Kevin Costner shine in their interaction scenes as mentor and mentee. The initial meeting of their characters is especially well done.

January 26, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

A light entertainment and also action packed movie from Kenneth Branagh, too bad with such a great cast as Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner,
March 17, 2014
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An average watchable movie, not the most exciting spy thriller with Russians but certainly not terrible!
February 5, 2014
Film Crazy

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is an efficient, serviceable thriller. A decent watch, but it's not essential viewing. Our hero is hired as a covert operative on Wall Street. While there the undercover CIA agent unearths a nefarious foreign plot to shatter the U.S. economy. Making the Russians the baddies is a refreshing retro throwback to Cold War movies from 1985-1991. The production is polished. The story is stylish, well photographed and speeds by in a brief 105 minutes. The tale is entertaining enough, but it's pretty formulaic nonetheless. Perhaps the highest praise I can bestow the film is that it's an improvement over the character's last appearance, The Sum of All Fears in 2002.
January 22, 2014

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Harper: You're not just an analyst anymore.

Does the world need another Jack Ryan? The character, created by writer Tom Clancy, has never quite taken off, despite their now being five films that feature him. The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger are solid spy thrillers/procedurals, but are not 90s films that many seem to single out all that often. This sentiment was challenged in 2002 with The Sum of All Fears, the first reboot of the Jack Ryan character. Despite receiving decent-to-positive reviews then, The Bourne Identity arrived around the same time, made around the same amount of money, but basically buried Ryan's analyst ways, as audiences favored the kinetic spy action. Now we have another take on the character in a new film that flirts with what audiences like in the Bourne films, but still tries to be a Clancy-style spy thriller. The results are unfortunately very average.

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January 17, 2014

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    1. Viktor Cherevin: You Americans like to think yourself direct but maybe your just plain rude.
    – Submitted by joseph j (2 months ago)
    1. William Harper: Could you wipe that" Boy Scout at his first field trip" grin off your face for a second?
    – Submitted by Laurie E (3 months ago)
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