The Bourne Identity Reviews

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April 30, 2020
The franchise took a marked upturn in later instalments, but a fair first entry nonetheless.
January 3, 2019
The body language and personality that Damon invests in Bourne creates an impression of intelligence and depth, however specious these qualities may ultimately be.
December 5, 2016
Breathtakingly, beautifully simple.
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.
January 1, 2011
Violent but thrilling first of the Bourne action trilogy.
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.
September 8, 2009
A suspenseful thriller that showcases stunning visuals, great acting and a story that will keep you entertained from start to finish.
April 29, 2009
This is a long sweet breath of fresh air in the action genre...
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.
June 12, 2008
A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.
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.
July 26, 2007
A sleek espionage thriller that reduces the world to the size of a postage stamp. Matt Damon is terrific.
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.
December 30, 2006
For once, a sequel would be welcome.
Top Critic
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.
March 3, 2005
...Liman is also clever enough to make the real action start when the motor stops.
January 15, 2005
Plenty of very cool fight scenes, edited such that although they are fast-paced, you can actually see what's happening.
December 6, 2004
The Bourne Identity is an intense, violent, bite-your-nails-to-the-quick thriller.
August 7, 2004
Also helped immeasurably by an unusually cool score by John Powell, Mr. Liman also makes good use of the European settings, alternating between close ups of Damon's frustrated face and wider pans that slurp up the snow clad France setting.
July 23, 2004
...puts the snap, crackle and pop back into the spy thriller.
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