Breach Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
The pulse of spy films so rarely comes from such meticulously detailed verbal and body-language suspense. Here, every conversation is a possible trap, inquiries feel like interrogations, responses and reactions could be lethal tells.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
An espionage thriller which focuses on strong character development, performances and setting, Breach could have been a contender had it not been for the ill informed depictions of the characters Catholic faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 7, 2009
...a slow-paced character study that benefits substantially from Chris Cooper's downright astounding performance...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Muffles suspense and dilutes tension without turning into a distanced approach
Dragan Antulov
April 10, 2008
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Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Breach, a slow-burn thriller told from the inside out instead of the outside in, is not a great film. But it could have been. It will have to settle for being simply a very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/11
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 8, 2007
Cooper gives a great performance as a man now spending 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, serving a life sentence without the prospect of probation.
Matthew Turner
August 31, 2007
Enjoyable, slow-burning thriller with an intelligent script and strong performances from its two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
August 31, 2007
Breach is slow, but never ponderous, and not at all like your average spy thriller. It has less obvious thrills and more depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Phippen
Sky Movies
August 31, 2007
Breach rarely treads new ground, but the set pieces are used so sparingly and with such focus on the central characters, the movie reaches a degree of tension you might not think possible.
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
August 31, 2007
Cooper is always dead-bang on
| Original Score: B+
Anthony Quinn
August 31, 2007
A sombre game of cat-and-mouse. What it lacks in genuine tension it amply compensates in the understated performances of the two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
August 31, 2007
Intriguing and intelligent, Breach may be too understated for its own good.
Peter Bradshaw
August 31, 2007
An interestingly told tale: melancholy, thoughtful, and very un-American.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sun Online
August 31, 2007
Chris Cooper, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in Adaptation, gives a brilliant poker-faced performance as Hanssen and Ryan Phillippe is also convincing as O'Neill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
August 31, 2007
Despite a couple of tense set pieces, the suspense needed to ignite this film is disappointingly lacking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Mirror [UK]
August 31, 2007
In the face of such a towering performance from Cooper, Phillippe keeps his end up while Laura Linney, as his handler, delivers the kind of turn we've come to expect from one of America's finest movie actresses.
August 31, 2007
An effective and meticulous character drama, Breach doesn't quite make the most of its story but still tells a fascinating tale, aided by Chris Cooper's magnetic central performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
August 31, 2007
Slow-burning and sombre, Breach won't be for everyone. But it's worth catching for Cooper's performance, while its fact-based tale of treachery will strike a chord in today's climate of suspicion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 31, 2007
Tense, fascinating, worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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