Joshua Rich
May 30, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Recruit

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
105 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/31/03
performer
Colin Farrell, Al Pacino, Bridget Moynahan
director
Roger Donaldson
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
Mitchell Glazer, Akiva Goldsman, Robert Towne, Kurt Wimmer
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B-

Not since Scarface has Pacino’s explosive temperament been as effectively deployed as it is in the wink-wink finale to director Roger Donaldson’s so-so spy yarn, a film that winds up more cockamamy than clever. No matter, though. Farrell, as Pacino’s computer-geek protege, is so appealing you totally understand how he can charm the pants off fellow CIA rookie-cum-espionage rival Bridget Moynahan (The Sum of All Fears). Just check out their scorching, clothes-on parking-lot tryst. It’s the best dramatic use of a D.C.-area garage since All the President’s Men.

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