Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
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Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, "Jack Ryan" is a global action thriller set in the present day. This original story follow a young Jack (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper (Kevin Costner). When Ryan believes he's uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I'm aware that commercial and cultural forces require everything to be rebooted triennially with fresher, hotter stars. But this is the second time the Jack Ryan franchise has rejected a youth transplant."
‑ Alex Pappademas, Grantland
"Director Kenneth Branagh knows how to invest the ridiculous with a sort of grandeur - Exhibit A: the surprisingly fun Thor - but Shadow Recruit is more straightforward in nature, so he can't get too fancy."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"It succeeds on several levels, fails on others, and ultimately offers an acceptable albeit not particularly stand-out restart for the series."
‑ Mark Hughes, Forbes
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is not the kind of film that Jack Ryan fans would expect, nor is it the kind of film that they or the character deserve."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"It's rare that a movie like this should be longer, but a little elongating might help this clipped, B-grade thriller resonate a little deeper."
‑ Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
"The dim star wattage in this fifth rehash is palpable from the start."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Branagh runs through all of this efficiently enough, but it feels awfully familiar."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It says something that an actress like Knightley is now taking high profile roles where her biggest moment is getting a light bulb shoved in her mouth while she tries not to cry."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
"Briskly paced and doesn't overstay its welcome - which is a good thing, because sometimes it's best to not linger on the plot holes."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"Proof that "January junk" no longer applies to every January release."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"This is the very definition of an OK thriller."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"Almost 25 years later, Jack: Ryan Shadow Recruit tries its best to reignite the Cold War, with tepid results."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"An attractive cast and better-than-average thrills make "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" a lesser, but worthy entry into the series of films based on the late Tom Clancy's characters."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"A simplistic, vainglorious attempt to reboot a popular literary character featuring two extremes of acting: leaden and scenery-chewing."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"For a character who has been rebooted three times in five movies, it's a little disappointing they didn't try something new with Jack Ryan in Shadow Recruit. And by "something", I mean "anything"."
‑ Anthony Morris, The Vine
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