The Recruit
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A brilliant young man is tapped to join the elite branch of American intelligence, only to discover how complex and dangerous the job can really be in this suspense-drama. James Clayton (Colin Farrell) recently completed his studies at MIT, where he graduated at the top of his class and is pondering his next move while he works as a bartender at an upscale nightspot. One evening, Clayton is approached by Walter Burke (Al Pacino), a recruiter for the Central Intelligence Agency, who describes himself as "a scary judge of talent" and believes Clayton is just the sort of man the CIA is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Here I suspected the ultimate villain almost from the very beginning -- and, if I wasn't fooled, I can't imagine anyone else will be, either."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A conjurer's trick that delights for about an hour, then spirals into idiocy."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Above-average thriller, but not very memorable."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Many would believe Pacino could do no wrong but he has. The Recruit serves only to ignite a pilot light in the imagination of espionage lovers everywhere."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Director Roger Donaldson ... again shows a knack for creating intrigue and paranoia."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"The Recruit weighs in like a porous brick of recycled polypropylene."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"A compelling, if throwaway, drama."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"I'm still hoping Pacino will dazzle with a great performance eventually..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The film still makes a diverting entertainment in spite of its obviousness."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Pacino doesn't upstage Farrell, but there's the sense he's daring him to keep up, and Farrell does. Their scenes together crackle."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"I liked all those set pieces where they set up these elaborate schemes, and you're not sure who the good guy is, and the bad guy."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It's nothing but style and noise, threadbare of content, empty of ideas."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Watchable only for its star power and scarce caffeine kicks...awfully predictable. [Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Pacino's puppet-stringing of his recruit is reminiscent of Peter O'Toole's manipulative character in 1980's 'The Stunt Man.'"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Interessante até o terceiro ato, quando se perde em 'reviravoltas' completamente previsíveis."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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