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: Stephen Whitty
    Jan 16, 2014
    83
    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit though, gets the international-espionage ingredients almost exactly right.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 190 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 68
  2. Negative: 11 out of 68
  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 »