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Academy Award®-Winner Al Pacino and Colin Farrell take you deeper into the CIA than you've ever been before in this action-packed psychological thriller. James Clayton (Farrell), one of the smartest graduates in the country, is just the person Walter Burke (Pacino) wants in the Agency. James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla (Bridget Moynahan), one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and his cat-and-mouse relationship with his mentor, Burke taps him to root out a mole. As the suspense builds in a maze of gripping twists and turns, there are only two things James can count on -- he can't trust anyone and nothing is as it seems. It's the ultimate CIA thriller with so many surprise plot twists.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: This polished thriller is engaging until it takes one twist too many into the predictable.
June 17, 2017
The Recruit weighs in like a porous brick of recycled polypropylene.
June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
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.
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- Release Date:January 31, 2003
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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