Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview, buy, or rent movies, get iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

The Recruit

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Roger Donaldson

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download this movie.

About the Movie

James Clayton might not have the attitude of a typical CIA recruit, but he is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the country - and he's just the person that Walter Burke wants in the Agency. James regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, James has to survive the Agency's secret training ground, where green recruits are molded into seasoned veterans. As Burke teaches him the ropes and the rules of the game, James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla, a fellow recruit. But just when James starts to question his role and his cat-and-mouse relationship with his mentor, Burke taps him for a special assignment to root out a mole.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 165
  • Fresh: 71
  • Rotten: 94
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The Recruit weighs in like a porous brick of recycled polypropylene. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The Recruit falters after it leaves the Farm, throwing in unbelievable plot devices and losing its high-wire tension. – Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 30, 2003

Rotten: Here I suspected the ultimate villain almost from the very beginning -- and, if I wasn't fooled, I can't imagine anyone else will be, either. – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A compelling, if throwaway, drama. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jul 30, 2003

Read More About This Movie On Rotten Tomatoes

Customer Reviews

I Love This Move!!!

Please iTunes Put This Movie To Buy I want It On My ipod Thanks!

This Movie Is Freaking Awesome!!!

I loved this movie its amazing!! Colin Farrell looks soo hot and sexy in this movie! i absolutley love this movie! the acting is great and yes at times there was 1 part that i did not get but then i just watched it 30 times over and i get this movie now and i love it so i recommend this movie for everyone! its worth $2.99 to rent even if you can't buy it at least you can buy it!!

This movie has a deep secret!

If you are not familiar with this piece, I should warn you it was not originally made for an English speaking audience. In fact Roger Donaldson is so skilled a director that he made two different movies using the same scenes and actors. To those who understand English, The Recruit is an action-packed spy fest. But to those viewers who are blessed to be able to see this movie in its original Swahili, all the action scenes are in fact dance numbers and the movie tells the tale of a young man trying to grow up to be a short order cook in a big city.

The Recruit
View In iTunes
  • $17.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2003

Customer Ratings