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The Bourne Identity Reviews

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Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 22, 2002
The Paris locations are as central a flavour here as they've been in any espionage film since 1963's Charade.
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Neil Smith
August 20, 2002
A fast-paced, unpredictable and edgy yarn that breathes new life into the espionage thriller genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Tyler
August 12, 2002
Now, our world is much more complex, the enemies much more gray. Bourne Identity is a clear product of that gray area, but somehow still harkens back to the good old days when a spy was still a spy.
Ben Kenigsberg
East Hampton Independent
August 8, 2002
The film may be more of a mess than the inside of Bourne's head, but its quirks, strangely enough, are what keep it interesting.
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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
...great kinetic, silly fun.
Full Review| Original Score: B
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 25, 2002
A rollicking adventure yarn.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
July 23, 2002
Aside from turning me away from the CIA, this was a good flick.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
The Bourne Identity is no mere summer amusement park ride. It's as gray as Go was colorful and a cool contrast to its source material.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 15, 2002
Damon captures the sense of a good man awakening from a nightmare that turns out to have been his actual life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 14, 2002
Twists and turns keep the story increasingly complex and gripping, even if director Liman doesn't really pump up the adrenaline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 12, 2002
A well-executed spy-thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
July 1, 2002
An edgy thriller that delivers a surprising punch.
Full Review| Original Score: B
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
June 29, 2002
Aspires to be both a whammo action blockbuster and an intelligent think piece...a delicate balance for any film to pull off.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 28, 2002
Provide[s] nail-biting suspense and credible characters without relying on technology-of-the-moment technique or pretentious dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 26, 2002
Great fights. You wouldn't think of Damon as a tough guy, but he's worked really hard on the physical stuff here and it shows.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 25, 2002
A film that is at best misguided, at worst stubbornly flashy, garbled and ready to file in the drawer labeled 'instantly forgettable.'
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 25, 2002
Damon brings the proper conviction to his role as [Jason Bourne].
| Original Score: 2.5/4
J. Robert Parks
Phantom Tollbooth
June 25, 2002
There's rarely a dull moment, but the movie doesn't descend into cartoonish action/violence like most action movies do these days...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Yazmin Ghonaim
June 24, 2002
The film fails to explore more intriguing narrative possibilities regarding the psychological effects of its character's identity crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 24, 2002
This teaming, including a brilliant and freshly adaptive cast combines for a most engrossing bit of entertainment that maintains tension and credibility throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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