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The Bourne Identity Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 5, 2016
Breathtakingly, beautifully simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jess Lomas
July 7, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sierra Filucci
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Violent but thrilling first of the Bourne action trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
February 28, 2010
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Guylaine Cadorette
September 8, 2009
A suspenseful thriller that showcases stunning visuals, great acting and a story that will keep you entertained from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
This is a long sweet breath of fresh air in the action genre...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Farfetched plotting nearly capsizes this globe-trotting thriller but director Doug Liman certainly keeps the international intrigue and testosterone flowing at an entertaining clip.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
June 12, 2008
A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.
Beth Accomando
August 3, 2007
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.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
July 26, 2007
A sleek espionage thriller that reduces the world to the size of a postage stamp. Matt Damon is terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
The movie is about muscular speed and skill, and that's all it's about. Like its hero, it's blank by design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Cochrane
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
For once, a sequel would be welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
...Liman is also clever enough to make the real action start when the motor stops.
Vic Holtreman
January 15, 2005
Plenty of very cool fight scenes, edited such that although they are fast-paced, you can actually see what's happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
The Bourne Identity is an intense, violent, bite-your-nails-to-the-quick thriller.
Read More | Original Score: B+
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
One of the many problems, other than Damon's lack of emotion, is the fact that there's no suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 23, 2004
...puts the snap, crackle and pop back into the spy thriller.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Charlie Brown
February 1, 2004
The result is an intriguingly paced thriller that knows how to milk some excitement out of smaller scenes.
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