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The Bourne Supremacy Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
[Director] Greengrass proves himself equally adept at action, building on the edginess of Doug Liman's original with a feverish handheld camera and frenetic editing.
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 3, 2004
Of its kind, The Bourne Supremacy is incredibly skilled -- much more exciting than its predecessor.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 29, 2004
Another of those incoherent Robert Ludlum spy thrillers with more logistics than logic.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 24, 2004
An entertaining, well-constructed spy story (though not as satisfying as the first film -- perhaps because it's not as simple).
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 23, 2004
The movie is utterly synthetic.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 23, 2004
Good enough to make one have faith in certain things again, like spy movies, sequels and the charismatically low-key, quietly lethal movie-star charisma of Matt Damon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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July 23, 2004
A tour-de-force of thriller filmmaking.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 23, 2004
Almost everything that made The Bourne Identity refreshing -- the wit, the irony, the suspense, the novelty of its premise -- is gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 23, 2004
Bourne's amnesia gimmick is a tired one, but there is a future in spy movies with this sort of blend of action and cynicism.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 23, 2004
While the movie has a higher IQ than the average summer action blitz, it underperforms as a thrill-dispenser.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 23, 2004
The movie is mostly a series of frenetic clashes, dubious near misses and car chases. It lacks the human interest and snowy splendor of the first movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 23, 2004
The movie skillfully delivers a series of fights, stalkings, plottings and chases, punctuated by a little brooding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 23, 2004
A rare breed of action flick -- one that doesn't take human life for granted.
| Original Score: 3/4
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July 23, 2004
Just as thrilling, edgy and entertaining as the first installment.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 23, 2004
A terse, tight, impressively smart package.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 23, 2004
A solid cloak-and-dagger actioner.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
July 23, 2004
The Bourne Supremacy not only lives up to the promises of the novel by Robert Ludlum, but in many ways manages to improve on the first film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 23, 2004
As a video game that propels the viewer through the course, Supremacy is supremely successful. I'm not sure that's enough for a movie narrative.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 23, 2004
Spy movies just got thrilling again.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 23, 2004
Gripping film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 23, 2004
An enjoyable-enough night at the movies, though it's not as well-crafted as its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 23, 2004
With its foot pressed to the floor from beginning to end, Bourne is a non-stop gas.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 23, 2004
If you've forgotten the kick you get from watching a globe-trotting, butt-kicking, whiplash-paced action movie done with humor, style and smarts, take a ride with The Bourne Supremacy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 23, 2004
Falls short of its predecessor in almost every area, except perhaps acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 23, 2004
The Bourne Supremacy is essentially a string of how- will-he-get- out-this-one set pieces, but they have been cooked up with nerve-frying elan by British director Greengrass.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
July 23, 2004
A classy if over-caffeinated sequel.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 23, 2004
A worthy successor to the smash original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2004
Brilliantly paced and cut.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 23, 2004
More action-filled and tense than The Bourne Identity.
| Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 23, 2004
As thrillers go, Supremacy is indeed supreme.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 23, 2004
Moviegoers who complain about what a shaky camera does to their innards should pack antacids for this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 23, 2004
A smart and jittery sequel.
| Original Score: B+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 23, 2004
This admirable franchise should change your idea of what makes a good thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 23, 2004
A sequel that reaches a higher plateau than its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 23, 2004
Almost as good as its predecessor.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 22, 2004
It's good enough to make a third Bourne movie a welcome possibility.
| Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 22, 2004
In the wake of 9/11, this globe-trotting post-cold-war melodrama full of standard cloak-and-dagger intrigue has the reassuring aroma of a home-cooked meal served while riding the world's smoothest roller coaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Donnelly
L.A. Weekly
July 21, 2004
The need to separate from the first film seems to have sliced most of Identity's considerable charm right off the bone of what could have been (and still could be) an interesting franchise.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 21, 2004
The way the film has been made, nothing that happens seems inevitable -- which is to say, anything seems possible. There's a word for that sensation. It's called excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 20, 2004
Once again, Damon scores in the title role by never courting audience sympathy and playing his all-American good looks against the hard-shell brutality of the character.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 20, 2004
Every time you feel like you're finally grabbing hold of something involving, the picture once again spins frustratingly out of reach.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 20, 2004
Most of Supremacy is an overedited headache that hardly makes up in frayed nerves what the visuals lack in clarity.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 19, 2004
... one of the best thrillers in recent years.