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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Synopsis
Young CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy.
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Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is half silliness, half swagger, but Branagh's arms-akimbo impudence as a director makes it work. He takes it all...
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Slant Magazine

By R. Kurt Osenlund
In keeping his actors on his sober-yet-buoyant plane, Kenneth Branagh presents a convincing romance that doesn't stall the film's brisk...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Even with its thrifty set pieces and smaller ambitions, this attempt to reboot the series based on Tom Clancy characters does the most...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Soundly structured, smart and fast, with a plausible central scenario, several gripping moments and well-wrought dialogue.
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By James Berardinelli
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit provides the best motion picture adventure for the title character since his introduction in "The Hunt for Red...
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By Justin Chang
Crisp, efficient and appreciably modest in scale...this conspicuous attempt to breathe new life into a long-dormant action franchise gets...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Branagh did a nice job of directing "Thor," but all he can do here is try to energize the recycled pulp of the script.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Pine, who has been so good and so instrumental in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek series as Captain Kirk, turns out to be a decent Ryan.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Though directed with great precision by Branagh, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is saddled with a boilerplate script.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film is slow in getting started and once it's underway it's only intermittently involving. It's also occasionally far-fetched.
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Shadow Recruit

By nancysbol
Great film!!! Everything about it was entertaining. And what a pleasure to be able to enjoy a movie with smart rhetoric, no swearing, and very little violence. Just lots of great action and...

Fantastic movie!

By rmoats8621
Fantastic movie! Lots of action and great plot. It had me on the edge of my seat until the end. This is going to be one great ride with Chris Pine as the new Jack Ryan. This was great casting. He's...

The New Jack Ryan!

By RocDRed
Chris Pine is perfect in the role of Jack Ryan.. He takes up where others have had that role in the past and made it his own, just like he made JTK his own. Not a lot of down time, so no sleeping...

Very enjoyable Action thriller

By TexasLorie
My husband and I both enjoyed this show. Good story, good acting. WE thought the action sequences were very well done. We love this genre and this was right up there with the best. The PG-13...

I guess Jack Ryan is America's James Bond

By louiscote
I was sort of expecting more of a prequel in this movie, but similar to the British style of using a single character in multiple timeline settings at various ages, Jack Ryan is becoming quite a...

Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit

By sltuite
Really enjoyed this film. The acting was great with each character in complete control of their elements. I believe this is an adult movie because of the maturity content and ability to understand...

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

By sks1354
The awesome cast delivered a power packed performance. Few movies are so good, that they have me so fully immersed in the story that I am moving back and forth in my seat with excitement and...

Non-stop GO!

By AztecDan
The action and drama were excellent, continuous, and riveting. Action is very good, keeps you highly involved in what's happening with the characters and the plot. The time line for Jack Ryan...

Chris Pine does Ford and Baldwin Proud

By libbytinsley
I was hesitant to see this movie as I was a fan of the Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin Jack Ryans, but Chris Pine didn't disappoint. He was the competent yet reluctant hero for whom you pulled the...

Insult to Injury

By jih1269
Why is it that Hollywood can't leave well enough alone?!?! The Jack Ryan series was read and liked by so many for what it was, and how Tom Clancy wrote it. AT NO POINT was his wife ever involved....

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense Action, Brief Strong Language and Sequences of Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Clancy-based political thriller has moderate violence.
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