The Bourne Identity Reviews

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June 12, 2008
A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.
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.
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.
August 20, 2002
A fast-paced, unpredictable and edgy yarn that breathes new life into the espionage thriller genre.
July 25, 2002
A rollicking adventure yarn.
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.
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.
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 19, 2002
Really well done.
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
It moves quickly, adroitly, and without fuss; it doesn't give you time to reflect on the inanity -- and the Cold War datedness -- of its premise.
June 15, 2002
Nicely paced and fits the bill for those in search of two hours of spy-based action and martial arts.
June 14, 2002
There isn't a dull or dumb moment in this movie.
June 14, 2002
An entertaining thriller that eschews most of the usual spy gimmicks in favour of old-fashioned sleuthing.
June 14, 2002
Bourne aspires only to be a fun popcorn movie -- and, for the most part, it is.
June 14, 2002
There are moments that feel just on the edge of silly, but that's the idea.
June 14, 2002
A thriller with some brains and feeling behind it, more attuned to story and character than to spectacle.
June 14, 2002
The Bourne Identity has all the necessary components of the genre, and deploys them well.
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
It wouldn't be measurable in g-forces, but there is enough forward motion in The Bourne Identity to pin audiences backwards and enough nervous tension to put them on the edge.
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