The Bourne Ultimatum Reviews

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Toby Young
The Spectator
June 23, 2015
Unsuspecting punters may think, 'Well, I've seen the first two, so I might as well find out how the story ends' -- but, if so, they're going to be disappointed.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2007
Damon's involuntary flair for springing into an ***-whopping whirlwind is rivaled by his gift for staring into space and projecting smudged flashbacks onto his eyelids.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
August 2, 2007
It's all too easy to see that the filmmakers and Damon are coasting when they could be soaring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 18, 2007
A trio of superb cat-and-mouse sequences ... more effectively pinpoint Bourne's psychological anxiety and confusion than Damon's robotic, one-note performance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
June 23, 2015
I'm sure a lot of people will find it thrilling. Me, I just wanted to get headache [or] seasickness tablets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 2, 2007
It's frenetic to the point of crazy while achieving a mark that barely exceeds mediocre.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 8, 2007
This film is less interested in good plot than it is in having long, drawn-out action chases of which there are entirely too many.
| Original Score: 5/10
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
August 30, 2007
Zzzzzzzzz.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Danny Minton
Beaumont Journal
August 2, 2007
Will someone get this man a steadicam?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 9, 2007
When it's not fast and furious, The Bourne Ultimatum settles for slick and noisy... and it's often hard to tell these two moods apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
July 31, 2007
Greengrass's latest plops on the screen with lots of hi-fi energy but, strangely, very little feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
June 23, 2015
It all would have been my kind of fun if I could have had a better look at it.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 10, 2007
Is this stylized action -- obscured by shaky camerawork and in-your-face edits -- really more exciting than the eye-popping stunts that unfold in real time in a cheesy martial-arts adventure like 'Ong-Bak'?
| Original Score: 2/4
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
December 1, 2009
Greengrass comes full circle from the War on Terror film that bit its tongue to the popcorn flick that speaks volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 3, 2007
If you do go to see this thinly scripted and very repetitive action film, bring your seasickness pills [because of the heavy use of the "shakycam"].
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
August 1, 2007
Like the other two, Ultimatum has little problem working up a frantic pace & maintaining it. However, Ultimatum has other problems that make it the least effective Bourne.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 2, 2007
One more demonstration of the rule that the third episode of a movie cycle is its worst.
Full Review | Original Score: c+
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 3, 2007
Ultimatum tries to stir sympathy for its indestructible hero. But Jason Bourne has all the charm of a howitzer. He needs some time with the Harry Potter bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jennifer del Rosario
Film School Rejects
June 23, 2015
Jason Bourne, the character, may not be as memorable as some other action hero icons, but he has qualities that impress.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John Harkness
NOW Toronto
June 23, 2015
Director Paul Greengrass returns to guide the cast as they run furiously around the streets of London, Madrid, Tangiers and New York, and the genre material benefits greatly from his paranoid documentary style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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