The Bourne Identity Reviews

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October 7, 2004
One of the many problems, other than Damon's lack of emotion, is the fact that there's no suspense.
January 12, 2004
All the style cannot make up for the flagging energy level of the narrative.
September 27, 2003
Typical light summer fare.
November 10, 2002
It resembles one of those travelogue thrillers of the 1960s, that were blown away by the success of James Bond.
October 2, 2002
The Bourne Identity is a blockbuster without a point... Despite its good-looking veneer, its breakneck pace, its daisy-chain of expert set-pieces, some crucial logic or motive appears to have been junked along the way.
Top Critic
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.'
June 24, 2002
The film fails to explore more intriguing narrative possibilities regarding the psychological effects of its character's identity crisis.
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.
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.
June 18, 2002
Liman takes a giant step toward hackdom with his banal big-budget adaptation of Robert Ludlum's 1980 espionage thriller.
June 18, 2002
A preposterous piece of eye candy that is fun at first until the third act seems weighed down by a sense of "ho-hum."
June 18, 2002
The action scenes are generally pulse-pounding and gritty; the problem is that they don't build to anything.
June 18, 2002
Awfully disappointing coming from the director of Swingers and Go.
June 14, 2002
The characters are so generic and the plot so bland that even as rogue CIA assassins working for Chris Cooper's agency boss close in on the resourceful amnesiac, we don't feel much for Damon/Bourne or his predicament.
June 14, 2002
Liman, of Swingers and Go, makes his big-budget action film debut something of a clunker as he delivers a long, low-heat chase, interrupted by a middling car chase.
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.
June 14, 2002
As the intended start of a franchise, The Bourne Identity is a bit of a bust.
June 14, 2002
The film consists mostly of action and romance, two things Liman does well in his comedies, but rather poorly here.
June 14, 2002
As a psychological study of secret agents, The Bourne Identity is too much carnival ride and not enough John le Carre.
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.
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