Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 17, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It doesn't reinvent the action-thriller wheel, but Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit offers a sleek, reasonably diverting reboot for a long-dormant franchise.

David Denby
New Yorker

"Shadow Recruit" is fun in a minor, winter-season way.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

This is the very definition of an OK thriller.

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Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups

(Director) Branagh doesn't reinvent the wheel here, but he does take the rims off a flashy 2014 Tesla and put them on a 1985 Camaro: a big, comfy muscle car asking only that you point it in the right direction and step on the gas.

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Alex Pappademas

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.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

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.

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J. Olson

A dull, vacant post-Cold War spy yarn that has nothing to say about anything.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

The dim star wattage in this fifth rehash is palpable from the start.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Branagh runs through all of this efficiently enough, but it feels awfully familiar.

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Chris Stuckmann

The vulnerability of the Jack Ryan character is still present, something very important that keeps us rooting for him.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Starting out slowly to give some (superficial) background to the character and the economic aspect of the premise does not sound all that interesting at first.… More
Christian C
Technically strong and stylish with a good performance from Costner, although the plot is poorly developed and the detective work is improbable and almost… More
Carlos Magalhães
An unoriginal and forgettable movie so full of worn-out clichés and so far-fetched that it will only be surprising or exciting to someone who has never seen… More
Sam Barnett
Maybe the most generic thriller I've ever seen. Well-done, but blander than Chris Pine's face.
Everett Johnson
Here's the latest entry in the Jack Ryan franchise, as a complete reboot. Ryan(Chris Pratt) tries to stop a financial terrorist. Although the movie is… More
Phil Hubbs
Well this looks like a reasonably slick espionage mov...BANG! REBOOT! ugh! Yep Ryan's back in the fifth film of the Tom Clancy novel adapted franchise that… More