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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
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 Review| Original Score: B-
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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 Review| 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
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
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
Michael Drakulich
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
March 31, 2003
'What keeps The Recruit from being a waste is good chemistry between Al Pacino and Colin Farrell. It is by no means a great film but not a half bad way to sepnd a couple of hours.'
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Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
March 25, 2003
A prime example of first-class, audience-friendly escapism.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kim Linekin
March 25, 2003
Pacino gives the film its juice by arching his eyebrows and delivering his lines as if they were birthday presents, making the most of every wisecrack and innuendo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
The pleasure of watching two alpha males -- Al Pacino and Colin Farrell -- circling each other mano a mano substantially beefs up this otherwise routine spy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 8, 2003 is a film whose taut and intelligent script is well realised by a director who knows exactly where he is going and what he is doing. This is a collaboration of top talents, and Al Pacino .elevates the project immediately by his presence alone
Nev Pierce
February 25, 2003
Farrell ... holds everything together with sheer star magnetism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 24, 2003
Its screenplay keeps us on our toes in terms of plotting and expectations, which makes it easier to forgive all the questions the lackadaisical finale brings up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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