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Farrell's next American films, American Outlaws ( 2001 ) and Hart's War ( 2002 ), were not commercially successful, but his 2003 films, including Phone Booth, S. W. A. T., and The Recruit, the latter his first starring role, were well-received as well as box office successes.
Of Phone Booth, Ebert wrote that it is " Farrell's to win or lose, since he's onscreen most of the time, and he shows energy and intensity " while Philip French of The Observer simply says the actor " shines ".
In S. W. A. T., for which the actor starred with Samuel L. Jackson in an ensemble cast that also included Michelle Rodriguez, Olivier Martinez and Jeremy Renner, Alan Morrison of Empire wrote, " Farrell can usually be relied upon to bring a spark to the bonfire.
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" Elvis Mitchell of the New York Times criticized Farrell's accent, writing that he " employ a wobbly American accent that makes him sound like an international criminal a step ahead of the authorities.
" And Ebert and the New York Timess A. O.
Scott disagreed on the actor's effectiveness in The Recruit, the former noting that he was " extremely likable " whereas the latter wrote the actor " spends his time in a caffeinated frenzy, trying to maintain his leading-man sang-froid while registering panic, stress and confusion.
" Phone Booth garnered a total of $ 46. 6 million, S. W. A. T.
$ 116. 9 million, and The Recruit $ 52. 8 million total at the box office.

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