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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    As a thriller, The Recruit is merely an entertaining ride. But remember: Nothing is what it seems. It's the subtext -- two actors from different generations faking each other out with skill and affection -- that counts. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A labyrinthine brain twister. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A less-than-middling melodrama whose subject matter and talent never click as much as its credits portend. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Al Pacino is his own venue as yet another flamboyant, self-ironic, self-dramatizing, self-parodying, self-selfing quasi-Mephistopheles. His performance isn't very good, but it's big. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Probably better than anyone else working today, Donaldson knows how to knit a thriller. Each time you think this taut yarn is about to unravel, that's when he pulls the wool over your eyes. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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 clown figure pop out on a spring. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It suddenly morphs into one more overly slick, empty show. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    The sort of movie you enjoy much more while you're watching it in the theater than when you're deconstructing it on the way home. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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. show more

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