Whether you consider it a smart thriller or a paint-by-numbers spy caper, The Bourne Identity is a dynamic interpretation of Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Violent but thrilling first of the Bourne action trilogy.
| Original Score: 4/5
"The Bourne Identity" is a well-written action spy film that stays true to its espionage thriller genre while inflicting flinch-inducing moments of pure cinematic action.
| Original Score: B+
A suspenseful thriller that showcases stunning visuals, great acting and a story that will keep you entertained from start to finish.
This is a long sweet breath of fresh air in the action genre...
| Original Score: 4/4
Farfetched plotting nearly capsizes this globe-trotting thriller but director Doug Liman certainly keeps the international intrigue and testosterone flowing at an entertaining clip.
A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.
You may be surprised by the fact that this formula spy thriller has been delivered with a matter-of-fact efficiency that proves highly entertaining.
A sleek espionage thriller that reduces the world to the size of a postage stamp. Matt Damon is terrific.
The movie is about muscular speed and skill, and that's all it's about. Like its hero, it's blank by design.
| Original Score: 3/5
For once, a sequel would be welcome.
Efficient set pieces come neatly spaced every ten to 15 minutes -- just often enough to keep you credulous -- and the trans-European settings lend a classy backdrop.
...Liman is also clever enough to make the real action start when the motor stops.
Plenty of very cool fight scenes, edited such that although they are fast-paced, you can actually see what's happening.
| Original Score: 5/5
The Bourne Identity is an intense, violent, bite-your-nails-to-the-quick thriller.
| Original Score: B+
One of the many problems, other than Damon's lack of emotion, is the fact that there's no suspense.
| Original Score: 3/10
...puts the snap, crackle and pop back into the spy thriller.
Liman can uncork leap-out-of-your-seat shocks, draw out suspense scenes with malicious finesse and even ease a touch of romance and droll humor into the yarn.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The result is an intriguingly paced thriller that knows how to milk some excitement out of smaller scenes.
All the style cannot make up for the flagging energy level of the narrative.
| Original Score: 2.5/4