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MOVIE REVIEWS: JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT

January 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Reviews of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit are, well, not bad. Not really good, either, however. Most of the reviews remark that the film offers audiences nothing really new, but Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News allows that it “certainly makes up in verve what it lacks in imagination” and is a welcome arrival at a time of year when there is little of interest hitting the multiplex. The New York Times’s A.O. Scott offers a one-paragraph summary of the movie, then asks, “Does that sound dull? It isn’t especially. Shadow Recruit is a competently made, moderately diverting variation on a genre standard.” And Kyle Smith in the New York Post comments that “despite the occasional hard-to-believe moment,” the film “is soundly structured, smart and fast, with a plausible central scenario, several gripping moments and well-wrought dialogue.” Claudia Puig in USA Today also remarks that the film is “occasionally far-fetched” and that the script “is full of plot holes.” She concludes: “It’s the actors’ misfortune that the film they’re starring in is more shallow than shadowy.” And Mark Feeney in the Boston Globe gives the movie one of the most mixed reviews in memory. “Jack Ryan is slick, loud, assured, overplotted (way overplotted), fairly diverting, and pretty much empty,” he writes.