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Reviews: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

jack_ryanReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 5/15/14] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit may not be the best spy film or even the best Tom Clancy adaptation. It is however, a very good film that meets all the requirements it is asked of: strong action, good performances, engrossing story.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Incomprensiblemente pobre regreso del personaje de Tom Clancy a las pantallas de todo el mundo. Sosa desde el guion y poco briosa desde la dirección de Kenneth Branagh, una propuesta a lamentar. Si la franquicia continúa, sólo puede ir a mejor.
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Then there’s Branagh, who never met an accent he didn’t master, striking a formidable evil presence as the Russian baddie. Fine acting aside, after this and Thor he’s established himself as a reliable action director and someone who could seemingly handle even more ambitious assignments.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: Kenneth Branagh’s reboot of the all-purpose Tom Clancy hero wastes crisp direction and an eager cast on a by-the-numbers ticking-bomb plot.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: In the end, it’s not perfect, but you can do a lot worse this month, and even this opening weekend.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río
    • Excerpt: Una de las peores películas de Kenneth Branagh.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Ryan can survive a world where any information one might need is a smartphone away but is doomed to be stuck in a Cold War mentality.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Inanities aside, the movie delivers suspense throughout. But between this turn and ‘Star Trek,’ Pine may find himself up to his neck in all sorts of re-booties. Let’s hope he keeps away from Howard the Duck.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Efficient, escapist, mid-winter popcorn picture
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: This spy picture is thoroughly by-the-numbers with very little to distinguish itself from others of its ilk. In other words, the James Bond and Jason Bourne franchises have nothing to worry about.
  • Blake Howard @ Dark Horizons
    • Excerpt: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is giving Branagh a chance to get in Dr. Frankenstein’s shoe once again; Cozad and Koepp ignore the library of source material and assist in creating a monster from elements of other successful spy characters.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Why reboot remains a question, but this is a smart popcorn thriller with a surprisingly sensitive performance by Chris Pine, and a wonderfully badass one by Kevin Costner.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: This is a hero who first appeared some 30 years ago, and in 2014 he’s really beginning to creak.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Short Version: An enjoyable but average (in nearly every way imaginable) spy drama.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: A summer-style genre movie that ends up being far better than the majority of lousy January dumps, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” isn’t a whole lot more than sufficiently entertaining, but entertain it does.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: As many times as Paramount has attempted to resurrect the Jack Ryan franchise, you would think they would have tried some new formula. Yet, here we are again with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit picking up a hot new “it” guy (like Ben Affleck the last time) and trying to turn a servicable, but unimpressive script into a massive, overhyped phenomenon.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ is dull, predictable, and just kind of crappy.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: A by-the-numbers spy thriller that stands in the shadow of not only most of the franchise’s previous instalments but other all-pervading franchises like Bourne and Bond.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit might be one of the most generic, artless, and hilariously macho action movies in some time. It’s the Nickelback of Hollywood reboots.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: Despite Pine’s flimsy take as Ryan not being saucy enough to generate any characterization complexity, Shadow Recruit is still serviceable as a viable actioner that embraces its manufactured intrigue with ambitious gusto.
  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: The director has come a long way from Shakespeare, but he knows exactly what kind of movie this is, and delivers an engaging little diversion.
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: For a no frills spy thriller, Kenneth Branagh directs a respectable rendering of Tom Clancy’s well-worn Jack Ryan superspy character. Still, Branagh is no action-film director, and it shows.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A pleasingly old-fashioned piece [that] manages to deliver a couple of hours of cheekily retro, amusingingly implausible spycraft.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Mel Valentin @ VeryAware.com
    • Excerpt: And the Non-Academy Award for Best January release goes to…
  • Phil Villarreal @ COED.com
  • Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine
Updated: July 31, 2015 — 10:07 pm

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