The Bourne Identity Reviews

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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.
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.
June 14, 2002
With his stilted performance, Damon manages to make Bourne about the dullest spy who ever lived.
June 14, 2002
Liman adds some brash, and occasionally subtle, touches to the spy-on-the-run formula, without ever quite managing to transcend the cliches.
June 14, 2002
Anyone familiar with the better work of Damon or director Doug Liman will see their jacked-up expectations shot down.
June 14, 2002
The meandering and sloppy finale only makes it even more ironically forgettable.
June 13, 2002
A close-to-solid espionage thriller with the misfortune of being released a few decades too late.
June 12, 2002
A taut, fast-action thriller, but Matt Damon just doesn't cut it as a spy.
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.
June 12, 2002
Plays like John Le Carré with a couple of burnt-out cylinders.
June 10, 2002
What is exciting prose on the printed page becomes merely prosaic on the big screen.
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.
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