The Recruit

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 47 Ratings

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  • Summary: An explosive thriller starring Al Pacino and Colin Farrell that for the first time opens the CIA's infamous closed doors and gives an insider's view into the Agency: how trainees are recruited, how they are prepared for the spy game, and what they learn to survive. (Touchstone Pictures)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. From the get-go, The Recruit is one of those thrillers that delights in pulling the rug out from under you, only to find another rug below that.
  2. 70
    Visibly uninspired, Pacino gives a perfunctory performance -- though surely he must have looked over at Farrell and been reminded of himself 30 years ago, all jacked-up and beautiful, like a stallion at the gate.
  3. 63
    May have a storyline as generic as its title, but in the explosive Pacino and the smoldering Farrell (who nearly stole "Minority Report" from Tom Cruise), it has a pair of stars who are not as easily dismissed.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    60
    There are glimpses of a real actor struggling to get out of Pacino, although they are rare. It’s as if Pacino is dying to act, but he’s either too old or director Roger Donaldson just isn’t allowing him to do it.
  5. 60
    But by the end the audience, along with Clayton, has been jerked around so many times that it's almost too exhausting...By then, it's almost impossible to care.
  6. New York Magazine (Vulture)
    Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    50
    For most of this movie, things are exactly what they seem--mediocre.
  7. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: David Denby
    40
    The Recruit is quick and tense, and some of it is fun, but I didn't believe a single thing in it, and the over-all effect of the movie is to make one depressed that the Christmas "art" season is over. [27 January 2003, p. 94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Oct 14, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I don't understand why you people don't like this film. I personally think that it is amazing, and also is you take a look at the other films that are released that year, it make it even better. Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2015
    6
    Who is a friend, a who is a foe? What is the truth, and what a lie? Whom can you trust, and is any of this truly real? Colin Farrell and AlWho is a friend, a who is a foe? What is the truth, and what a lie? Whom can you trust, and is any of this truly real? Colin Farrell and Al Pacino make a perfect duo with an unstable balance between each other, even if they are a teacher and a student of sorts. And when things get tricky, can you really suspect the one who is supposed to be your guiding line? Oh the places where blind trust can lead you... Expand
  3. Nov 28, 2015
    6
    This action film is quite good, a bit slow at certain parts, but it is interesting to find out what's really going on. The ending has a goodThis action film is quite good, a bit slow at certain parts, but it is interesting to find out what's really going on. The ending has a good enough twist. Expand
  4. Aug 16, 2014
    5
    The Recruit is one of those thrillers that thinks it's so much smarter than it is, and tries to confuse and trick you by making you thinkThe Recruit is one of those thrillers that thinks it's so much smarter than it is, and tries to confuse and trick you by making you think "nothing is what it seems" and such, even though the whole thing just doesn't make any sense. This is an age-old movie trick that is getting tired. Just because a movie is complicated and vague, does not mean it's a good movie. This one tries to be as good as a Bourne movie, but the thrills and visceral performances just aren't there. Even Pacino looks bored!

    The one plus of the movie is that it is interesting to see the training involved in becoming a CIA employee. this part of the movie kept me engaged the whole time, even if the rest of it felt like a generic Hollywood spy thriller.
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  5. May 3, 2016
    0
    This movie is just completely stupid, the recruit is just obsessed throughout the whole movie with this girl and making a fool out of himself,This movie is just completely stupid, the recruit is just obsessed throughout the whole movie with this girl and making a fool out of himself, I was hoping he would get shot. Expand

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