Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Tony Peckham, Adam Cozad, David Koepp
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 10, 2014
Box Office: $50.5M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (36)

"Shadow Recruit" is fun in a minor, winter-season way.

Full Review… | September 22, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
Top Critic

The vulnerability of the Jack Ryan character is still present, something very important that keeps us rooting for him.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015

Pine deserves another shot at a stronger more daring Jack Ryan film...

Full Review… | November 11, 2014
Cinema Crazed

It succeeds on several levels, fails on others, and ultimately offers an acceptable albeit not particularly stand-out restart for the series.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014

It says something that an actress like Knightley is now taking high profile roles where her biggest moment is getting a light bulb shoved in her mouth while she tries not to cry.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014

Audience Reviews for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit


An unoriginal and forgettable movie so full of worn-out clichés and so far-fetched that it will only be surprising or exciting to someone who has never seen anything in their lives before, with also an intrusive, clichéd score and a good cast that certainly deserved better.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Here's the latest entry in the Jack Ryan franchise, as a complete reboot. Ryan(Chris Pratt) tries to stop a financial terrorist. Although the movie is decent, it's the same as most spy/espionage movies, and doesn't really bring anything new to the table. The cast is good, although Keira Knightley is completely wasted. Her role could have been played by anyone. Pratt does good, and I'd like to see what else he can do with the character. As a jumping off point for a new franchise, it's OK. But if they make a sequel that doesn't improve a lot, this franchise won't have any legs, and will have to wait to be eventually rebooted. Worth a rental or bootleg, but I wouldn't buy it. Not something I'll be clamoring to watch again anytime soon.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Technically strong and stylish with a good performance from Costner, although the plot is poorly developed and the detective work is improbable and almost entirely based on lucky guesses. Because of this, I really felt cheated out of half the suspense and it did nothing to give the impression that Jack Ryan was a particularly talented analyst. The film is fun, near-mindless action, but really is not worthy of the Jack Ryan franchise.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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