The Recruit Synopsis
A CIA agent (Al Pacino) gives his protégé (Colin Farrell) a special assignment.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

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A labyrinthine brain twister.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Probably better than anyone else working today, Donaldson knows how to knit a thriller. Each time you think this taut yarn is about to...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
As a thriller, The Recruit is merely an entertaining ride. But remember: Nothing is what it seems. It's the subtext -- two actors from...
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Pacino, thankfully, is on-screen enough to keep this stew on a solid low boil.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It suddenly morphs into one more overly slick, empty show.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
So much is so good about The Recruit that you'll wish the ending were better. It's like opening the last lid in a Chinese box and having a...
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's the kind of movie you can sit back and enjoy, as long as you don't make the mistake of thinking too much.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A less-than-middling melodrama whose subject matter and talent never click as much as its credits portend.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Al Pacino is his own venue as yet another flamboyant, self-ironic, self-dramatizing, self-parodying, self-selfing quasi-Mephistopheles. His...
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Above-average thriller, but not very memorable.
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