Breach Reviews

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Neil Smith
BBC.com
August 28, 2007
Despite a career-best turn from Chris Cooper, however, Breach is a weirdly muted affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
August 3, 2007
Cold and cerebral, with simmering suspense rather than outright excitement, this is a feel-the-quality-of-the-acting movie. It can't answer all sorts of questions, but does take a scary mug shot of a subtle monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 30, 2007
Oferecendo uma performance densa e repleta de complexidade, Cooper ajuda o filme a se recuperar de uma estrutura narrativa que parece ter o propósito de minar qualquer tensão ou surpresa.
| Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
July 21, 2007
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stax
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007
General audiences might find the film too cerebral or talky, but it was refreshing to finally see a spy film that wasn't trying to be Bourne again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
June 21, 2007
A more subtle character study about the inexplicability and inevitability of the darker of human tendencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
June 15, 2007
Its title reads like a John Grisham pot-boiler, but it's much more than that. Along with a good sized dollop of intrigue, we are also treated to a fascinating character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 13, 2007
Get ready to hold your breath - this intelligently told story is filled with tension and fascinating at every turn.
April 20, 2007
Ray réussit à traiter d'une façon terre-à-terre, mais néanmoins fort efficace, ses enjeux sociaux et politiques sans jamais les ensevelir sous une inutile couche d'artifices.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 21, 2007
Ultimately, the movie soars because of the inspired casting of Chris Cooper as Hanssen.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 14, 2007
... it is Cooper's brilliance, letting us see the uncontrollable rage behind a controlled façade, that makes director Billy Ray's spy flick so engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
March 9, 2007
An entertaining character study and a glimpse at history as well, "Breach" will intrigue even viewers who normally aren't drawn to stories of, well, intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
March 5, 2007
The best thing to happen to Chris Cooper since he lost his teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 3, 2007
Breach builds toward a few crucial moments where we get inside the mind of a turncoat long enough to sense his arrogance as well as his acrid despair.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 3, 2007
Slow and steady, sure-handed and gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Cinematical
March 2, 2007
Breach has the facts and shape of real events; it also has real excitement and true craft behind it, which is just one part of the reason why it's such a pleasure to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
February 28, 2007
Would have benefited from more character development and visual drama--a psychological thriller that rarely provokes the intellect and offers little pulse-racing action.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
February 28, 2007
How much of this script is fact and how much dramatic license is not known, but what is known is that Breach is riveting cinema.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
February 27, 2007
Something like The Devil Wears Prada for boys, Breach boasts terrific acting, a deftly written screenplay, and all the visual pizzazz of a made-for-cable movie.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2007
We get bits and pieces of Hanssen's personality -- his suspiciousness, his need to test everyone around him, his dual penchants for both rage and self-righteousness, and his condescending arrogance -- but it never fully comes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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