The Recruit Reviews

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January 2, 2018
I rather enjoyed The Recruit and I'm guessing you will, too. The script is well-paced and witty, Pacino is as watchable as ever.
April 29, 2009
I'm still hoping Pacino will dazzle with a great performance eventually...
June 1, 2008
Watchable only for its star power and scarce caffeine kicks...awfully predictable. [Blu-Ray]
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.
October 19, 2003
A standard-issue spy game with all the layered complexity of Ludo.
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.
August 1, 2003
...plays like one of those underwhelming straight-to-video flicks that usually stars either Eric Roberts or Dean Cain...
June 20, 2003
...so dependent on plot contrivances and so altogether preposterous, it seems an unfortunate waste of Pacino's and Farrell's acting talents.
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.
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.
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.
March 28, 2003
Your average generic action programmer, made a bit more interesting by the addition of some good actors.
March 22, 2003
March 22, 2003
It's hackwork -- competently crafted and sufficiently fast-paced to keep your attention, but rendered forgettable by the absence of depth and ambition in the writing.
March 4, 2003
There's a nifty little spy thriller secreted somewhere in this bloated picture.
February 24, 2003
An enjoyably forgettable espionage thriller marked more by these two actors going toe-to-toe as if they're in an acting masterclass rather than a Hollywood movie.
February 19, 2003
Without the propulsive thrust of either Spy Game or Enemy of the State, two far more engaging movies about government skullduggery, the movie gets bogged down in the same types of twists that carried it through the first half.
February 18, 2003
The inherent talkiness of this kind of story is mitigated in The Recruit by various exercises in which things get blown up and mock houses are invaded entertainingly.
February 12, 2003
Here I suspected the ultimate villain almost from the very beginning -- and, if I wasn't fooled, I can't imagine anyone else will be, either.
February 9, 2003
Rather predictable but slick entertainment.
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