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The Bourne Identity Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 19, 2002
If Liman's ambition is to leave IFC to make big Hollywood entertainment vehicles, then I would suggest he rent the entire Tony Scott library.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 14, 2002
Though it's clearly meant to be character-driven, the movie is thrown out of whack by a total lack of chemistry between the leads, and some great acting on the side.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 27, 2003
Typical light summer fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 14, 2002
Anyone familiar with the better work of Damon or director Doug Liman will see their jacked-up expectations shot down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
June 12, 2002
A taut, fast-action thriller, but Matt Damon just doesn't cut it as a spy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
May 20, 2002
SNEAK REVIEW: I was very disapointed with the rough cut. It unfortunately succumbed to the demise of many movie problems, too many plot holes and unanswered questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
June 18, 2002
The action scenes are generally pulse-pounding and gritty; the problem is that they don't build to anything.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
June 14, 2002
The meandering and sloppy finale only makes it even more ironically forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 12, 2002
It has the reeled-in pyrotechnics and the muted pacing of an intelligent spy film, but it doesn't have the smarts of one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 14, 2002
With his stilted performance, Damon manages to make Bourne about the dullest spy who ever lived.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 18, 2002
Liman takes a giant step toward hackdom with his banal big-budget adaptation of Robert Ludlum's 1980 espionage thriller.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
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
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
June 14, 2002
The Bourne Identity isn't a bad movie so much as one that feels like an amateur version of material from more accomplished works.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 10, 2002
What is exciting prose on the printed page becomes merely prosaic on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 20, 2002
Liman fails to use his distinct style to dust off this old sky cranker and making Robert Rodriguez look like an indie genius with the Sky Kids series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
June 13, 2002
A close-to-solid espionage thriller with the misfortune of being released a few decades too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Renee Graham
Boston Globe
June 14, 2002
For all its shoot-outs, fistfights, and car chases, this movie is a phlegmatic bore, so tedious it makes the silly spy vs. spy film The Sum of All Fears, starring Ben Affleck, seem downright Hitchcockian.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
June 18, 2002
Awfully disappointing coming from the director of Swingers and Go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 14, 2002
A truly fresh treatment of Robert Ludlum's novel wouldn't rely so heavily on shootouts, car chases, and boy-meets-girl clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 12, 2002
Plays like John Le Carré with a couple of burnt-out cylinders.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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