The Recruit
The Recruit (2003)

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,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 31, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This polished thriller is engaging until it takes one twist too many into the predictable.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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David Edelstein

A conjurer's trick that delights for about an hour, then spirals into idiocy.

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Barbara Ellen
Times (UK)

I rather enjoyed The Recruit and I'm guessing you will, too. The script is well-paced and witty, Pacino is as watchable as ever.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

The Recruit weighs in like a porous brick of recycled polypropylene.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A compelling, if throwaway, drama.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Above-average thriller, but not very memorable.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It's nothing but style and noise, threadbare of content, empty of ideas.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

I'm still hoping Pacino will dazzle with a great performance eventually...

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Recruit is a film that showcases an interesting idea, but simply doesn't quite get there. It's a great shame because this film could have been… More
familiar stranger
Same old CIA crap. I was expecting a thriller, if not a suspense, but this was outright predictable (lacks even a single unexpected twist) with a rotten… More
Kase Vollebregt
'The Recruit' is a nasty little thriller whose twists and turns keep you guessing until the end, even if its obvious who the real antagonist is. The… More
Lady D'arbanville
It was hard to believe that Colin Farrell was putting on an accent in this film, the accent seems to come second nature to him now. A smooth, Action Thriller,… More
Kevin M. Williams
Okay performances in a rote exercise of predictability.
Conner Rainwater
While the plot is a little predictable and weak, Al Pacino and Colin Farrell make this an extremely fun movie. The acting is just so good that it almost… More