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The Recruit Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

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

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

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

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    From the get-go, The Recruit is one of those thrillers that delights in pulling the rug out from under you, only to find another rug below that.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Above-average thriller, but not very memorable.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has strong language and sexual references and situations, some exploitive (intended to get access to secrets). Characters smoke and drink, sometimes to excess, especially after receiving bad news. There's a lot of peril and violence, including torture that's graphic for a PG-13. Characters are killed.

  • Families can talk about the classic conflict we confront when we allow the ends to justify the means. How do we create an organization of liars and keep them honest? Would you like to be a spy?

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Peril, torture, and violence, character deaths.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, some exploitive.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some product placement.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, sometimes excessive, and smoking.