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Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36

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  1. Oct 14, 2011
    This review contains spoilers. 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. Collapse
  2. Aug 16, 2014
    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 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.

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 60
    Just the latest forgettable thriller that might have been enjoyable if only its conclusion lived up to its windup.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    A less-than-middling melodrama whose subject matter and talent never click as much as its credits portend.
  3. 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.