Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
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  1. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Jan 21, 2014
    60
    A solid outing for a re-Bourne hero that could, with a few key tweaks, generate another round of vehicles for the Clancy cash cow.
  2. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Jan 20, 2014
    60
    In stripping Jack Ryan back to basics it’s lost some sophistication, but reinvigorated an action hero who’s unlike any other on offer and who absolutely earns his second — or rather fourth — shot.
  3. 60
    The movie itself isn’t dull. It’s moderately stylish, moderately suspenseful, fun in patches. It hits its marks. But the setup lacks urgency.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 16, 2014
    60
    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a well-made movie, well-acted (Costner and Branagh seem to be having an especially good time) and a pleasant diversion. They’ll probably make several more. But it doesn’t exactly put the “thrill” in action thriller.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 16, 2014
    60
    Branagh, taking advantage of his experience helming 2011’s “Thor,” shows an allegiance to the genre he’s working in; both as director as co-star, he pours on the menace.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 14, 2014
    60
    The plot’s a bit complex for what amounts to a lot of running around — the movie can’t help but evoke the Bourne series along with a high-gloss hint of Skyfall, not wholly unpleasantly.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jan 18, 2014
    50
    By my rough calculation, the real Jack Ryan should be approximately 103. Preposterous but moderately engaging, Jack Ryan has outlived his welcome, and there’s no end in sight.
  8. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jan 16, 2014
    50
    There is no shaking the feeling that Branagh and his cast are a kind of an espionage film B team, capable of mild diversion but nothing more.
  9. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jan 16, 2014
    50
    Branagh, who proved his action bona fides with “Thor,” does an inarguably competent job of choreographing a modestly intelligent espionage thriller, even if it’s impossible to identify anything new he’s bringing to an already groaning table.
  10. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jan 16, 2014
    50
    The movie eventually evokes the sense that Branagh is better at directing in front of the camera than from behind it; its best moments are typically the ones that feature Branagh’s Viktor Cherevin on-screen.
  11. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Jan 16, 2014
    50
    There’s promising raw material here, particularly in the early scenes. But the film’s second half seems determined to snuff out the promise of its first, making it hard to wish for this incarnation of the character, or any, to have more big-screen adventures.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 16, 2014
    50
    An average franchise re-launch.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jan 15, 2014
    50
    Efficient, if ultimately rote, political thriller.
  14. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jan 16, 2014
    42
    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit refashions the character (this time played by Chris Pine) into a man of immediate action, and in doing so drains him of anything that made him a relatable human being.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 16, 2014
    40
    This is moviemaking in a modular mode, an inspiration-free action adventure — with cheesy cinematography — that fills its modest running time by fitting together familiar elements into something reliably, even insistently, not new.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 191 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 69
  2. Negative: 11 out of 69
  1. Feb 9, 2014
    3
    I normally never get up and leave before the end of a movie, but I was so bored.... Kevin Costner reminds me of an old question, "What do youI normally never get up and leave before the end of a movie, but I was so bored.... Kevin Costner reminds me of an old question, "What do you have to do to get fired in Hollywood?" The answer will come to you as your eyes glaze over and you start thinking about taking a nap. Full Review »
  2. Jan 19, 2014
    3
    Major disappointment. It lacked enough credibility to suspend belief, like the prior classic Jack Ryan films.

    The writing and plotting was
    Major disappointment. It lacked enough credibility to suspend belief, like the prior classic Jack Ryan films.

    The writing and plotting was lazy, insulting, and downright ridiculous, even for a middle-of-January summer popcorn movie. Lazy, because there was no interest in researching and integrating any details that add credence to the characters or plot. Insulting, because it didn't trust its audience to possess any intelligence or sophistication. And ridiculous, for the plot machinations that allowed Jack Ryan to do the things he did.

    I like Chris Pines, and he was allowed to show a bit of his natural charisma, but it wasn't nearly enough to save this film.
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  3. Jan 17, 2014
    5
    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit updates its Cold War hero for the modern world, but doesn’t give him a story original enough to warrant furtherJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit updates its Cold War hero for the modern world, but doesn’t give him a story original enough to warrant further adventures or to distinguish him anymore from the rest of the action pack. Full Review »