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The Recruit Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Above-average thriller, but not very memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
I'm still hoping Pacino will dazzle with a great performance eventually...
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 1, 2008
Watchable only for its star power and scarce caffeine kicks...awfully predictable. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 8, 2006
Many would believe Pacino could do no wrong but he has. The Recruit serves only to ignite a pilot light in the imagination of espionage lovers everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
February 8, 2005
The film still makes a diverting entertainment in spite of its obviousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Pacino's puppet-stringing of his recruit is reminiscent of Peter O'Toole's manipulative character in 1980's 'The Stunt Man.'
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B-
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
Director Roger Donaldson ... again shows a knack for creating intrigue and paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 4, 2004
Pacino doesn't upstage Farrell, but there's the sense he's daring him to keep up, and Farrell does. Their scenes together crackle.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 20, 2003
Interessante até o terceiro ato, quando se perde em 'reviravoltas' completamente previsíveis.
| Original Score: 3/5
Todd Lothery
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
November 20, 2003
By the end, the movie, which started so promisingly, has devolved into one of those empty, formulaic mysteries we've seen too many times, complete with glaring implausibilities and telegraphed twists.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 19, 2003
A standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo.
Keith Uhlich
October 1, 2003
Chris Owens: You're onscreen for about half a minute of The Recruit, but that half a minute was the most enjoyable experience I had all evening.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...plays like one of those underwhelming straight-to-video flicks that usually stars either Eric Roberts or Dean Cain...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 20, 2003 dependent on plot contrivances and so altogether preposterous, it seems an unfortunate waste of Pacino's and Farrell's acting talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Todd Gilchrist
June 9, 2003
. . .the film ends as a nonentity, arriving at a conclusion that is not satisfying and completely nonsensical because it preys on our stupidity rather than that of the characters.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 8, 2003
A spy thriller with more twists in its plot than a sailor's knot.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 7, 2003
Though short on car chases and bombs bursting, director Donaldson keeps the tension crackling with tight close-ups, skilled editing and a screenplay that treats its fine actors with respect.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 20, 2003
The plot announces that it's going to gyp us around, not because it has other things to offer, but out of the hope that we will let it off the hook.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
[Farrel], who seems to be trying to salvage his dignity, . . .gets points for keeping a straight face as Pacino constantly beetles in on him to deliver his lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
April 1, 2003
While you don't exactly need secret agent talents to work out the twists in The Recruit, it's pacy and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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