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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Oh, how I wish I could tell you that this show - which has two leads who have been quite beloved on The Office and The Wire respectively - finds a way to rise above the firefights and explosions and terrorism tropes that are part of the genre.
If the cinematic Ryans of the 1990s couldn't fully sell his incompetence, Krasinski's version of the character makes a more convincing case that it's his brains, not his combat skills, that set him apart as an American hero.
Diagnosing a global epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder, it forbids jingoism. Its skepticism about American power is true to the outlook of a character who, in earlier installments, rose above the petty paradigms of his own government.
Jack Ryan goes above and beyond the pro forma basics of getting the job done. This is a thrilling and energetic enterprise replete with well-drawn characters and propulsive action. Binge-watchers, start your engines.
Competent storytelling isn't something that should need praising for a TV show in 2018, yet Jack Ryan stands in striking contrast to so many sluggishly-paced, poorly-lit streaming drama wallows of recent vintage.
Krasinski is also well-matched by Pierce, who looks to be having a ball charging gun-in-hand into the fray and sells a couple of tough monologues that quickly make Greer the show's most interesting character.
Compared with his rivals in the spy game, Ethan Hunt of Mission: Impossible and Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan looks downright heroic in his ability to suit himself to a time in which automatic presumption that America is doing the right thing is on the decline.