The Bourne Supremacy Reviews

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Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
The Bourne Supremacy offers both brains and brawn, but without the ability to enjoy any of the action, the film falls to mediocre levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 23, 2004
Falls short of its predecessor in almost every area, except perhaps acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
July 23, 2004
By the end I felt someone had put my brain in a blender.
| Original Score: C-
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
July 28, 2004
If The Fugitive starred an invincible super-spy and was shot with a broken Steadicam...you'd have this half-decent, hyperactively edited, arms-length chase thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 23, 2004
The movie is utterly synthetic.
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
September 29, 2006
Flashes of color and streaks of movement can make for a striking picture, but only if you can see what's taking place, not to mention if you care about who is in jeopardy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
July 22, 2004
Bourne Supremacy's tag line, "They Should Have Left Him Alone" is so completely apropos for this particularly puzzling sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
July 22, 2004
The familiar character-driven story is yet another fast-paced, high-stakes, globe-trotting adventure with shaky hand-held camerawork and quick-cut editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 22, 2004
The Bourne Supremacy fizzles with its reliance upon a plethora of chase sequences to compensate for its failure to create an engrossing protagonist.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 20, 2004
Most of Supremacy is an overedited headache that hardly makes up in frayed nerves what the visuals lack in clarity.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 23, 2004
Moviegoers who complain about what a shaky camera does to their innards should pack antacids for this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 23, 2004
As a video game that propels the viewer through the course, Supremacy is supremely successful. I'm not sure that's enough for a movie narrative.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 23, 2004
Almost everything that made The Bourne Identity refreshing -- the wit, the irony, the suspense, the novelty of its premise -- is gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
July 26, 2004
A convoluted concoction of shaky hand-held camera shots and stomach-churning edits meant to simulate the feeling you'd get if you were tossed over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Joe Donnelly
L.A. Weekly
July 21, 2004
The need to separate from the first film seems to have sliced most of Identity's considerable charm right off the bone of what could have been (and still could be) an interesting franchise.
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
July 22, 2004
Matt Damon is re-bourne as a compelling action figure
| Original Score: 6/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 30, 2004
Falls flat on its counter-intelligent face...If I wanted to watch an Olympic steeplechase, I'd wait for the Athens Games.
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
August 13, 2004
Bourne himself hovers above mere physical threats, draining this action movie of any urgency.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 23, 2004
While the movie has a higher IQ than the average summer action blitz, it underperforms as a thrill-dispenser.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 23, 2004
Eye-rattling visual chaos that many moviegoers will want to rate X, for Excedrin.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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