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.
February 25, 2003
Farrell ... holds everything together with sheer star magnetism.
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 5, 2003
The Recruit weighs in like a porous brick of recycled polypropylene.
February 3, 2003
I liked all those set pieces where they set up these elaborate schemes, and you're not sure who the good guy is, and the bad guy.
February 1, 2003
A conjurer's trick that delights for about an hour, then spirals into idiocy.
January 31, 2003
A compelling, if throwaway, drama.
January 31, 2003
It's nothing but style and noise, threadbare of content, empty of ideas.
January 31, 2003
The Recruit manages to be almost utterly without innovation apart from its heroic determination to make matinee idol material out of a spy agency that pioneered the process of extra-legal bureaucratic sociopathology known as 'black ops.'
January 31, 2003
The Recruit feels like a training exercise, for a star who's still in the making.
January 31, 2003
Unfolds more like a 100-minute game of Gotcha! than a conventional spy drama, and, depending on your tolerance for such things, this will either thrill or bore you.
January 31, 2003
The Recruit falters after it leaves the Farm, throwing in unbelievable plot devices and losing its high-wire tension.
January 31, 2003
An entertaining ride.
January 31, 2003
It's hard to tell which brand of coffee they're plugging in The Recruit but they sure drink a lot of it. Which is a good thing. A vicarious caffeine buzz is better than nothing, and you're going to need something to keep you awake.
January 31, 2003
Although The Recruit isn't Len Deighton or Robert Ludlum, it is enjoyable until the screenwriters develop a collective brain cramp.
January 31, 2003
This is Donaldson's third thriller set amid Washington's powerful. They've all been winners -- smart, taut and more satisfying than anyone has a right to expect.
January 31, 2003
The Recruit is serviceable spy fodder made a great guilty pleasure by Pacino's 'OK, no Oscar here, let's have some fun' performance.
January 31, 2003
The foreshadowing is a bit heavy-handed, but the writers and director largely manage the tension and mystery tactfully.
January 31, 2003
A serviceable spy thriller that stumbles over one too many plot twists, one too many shots of its hero typing desperately at his computer, and a romantic subplot that's nice to look at but awfully silly.
January 31, 2003
The Recruit may have a storyline as generic as its title, but in the explosive Pacino and the smoldering Farrell, it has a pair of stars who are not as easily dismissed.
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