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Village Voice
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is half silliness, half swagger, but Branagh's arms-akimbo impudence as a director makes it work. He takes it all seriously, but with a wink.
Soundly structured, smart and fast, with a plausible central scenario, several gripping moments and well-wrought dialogue.
Slant Magazine
In keeping his actors on his sober-yet-buoyant plane, Kenneth Branagh presents a convincing romance that doesn't stall the film's brisk clip.
Crisp, efficient and appreciably modest in scale...this conspicuous attempt to breathe new life into a long-dormant action franchise gets at least a few things right, chiefly the shrewd casting of Chris Pine.
A competently made, moderately diverting variation on a genre standard.
Branagh did a nice job of directing "Thor," but all he can do here is try to energize the recycled pulp of the script.
The film is slow in getting started and once it's underway it's only intermittently involving. It's also occasionally far-fetched.
Branagh & Co. keep up appearances with a thriller that works mainly because all of its parts — locations, fights and plot twists — are well worn from all the thrillers they’ve been in before.
Time Out
The plot’s a bit complex for what amounts to a lot of running around — the movie can’t help but evoke the Bourne series along with a high-gloss hint of Skyfall, not wholly unpleasantly.
Efficient, if ultimately rote, political thriller.

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