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The Bourne Ultimatum Reviews

August 4, 2013
Bourne -- or whatever his name really is -- is such a resourceful and reckless agent of chaos, we thrill to him despite the fact that he's officially a non-entity.
November 17, 2011
While the crunchy fights and unflagging pace ensure this delivers as genre spectacle, the muddy ethics also make for a pleasing contrast with standard-issue wham-bammery.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 1, 2009
Greengrass comes full circle from the War on Terror film that bit its tongue to the popcorn flick that speaks volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 22, 2007
Not only far and away this summer's best three-peat, it's a pulse-pounding peak to Matt Damon's spy trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 13, 2007
Watching The Bourne Ultimatum is like being strapped to a vibrating bed set on high for two hours in a cheap motel.
August 6, 2007
A great action movie, exhilarating and neatly crafted, the kind of picture that will still look good 20 or 30 years from now.
August 6, 2007
We've waited all summer for a wild ride to grab us with more than jolts. Now it's here. Hang on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 6, 2007
Fans of 24 will be amazed to find a hero who makes Jack Bauer seem like a study in sissydom.
August 3, 2007
While Ultimatum may be the lesser of the three Jason Bourne movies, it is only so because the bar set by its predecessors was so uncommonly high.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 3, 2007
Bursts with so much amped-up energy, you may need to rest once it's finally done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 3, 2007
Jason Bourne may or may not return, but it's hard to imagine another Bourne movie ever topping this one.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 3, 2007
I must have breathed during The Bourne Ultimatum because I didn't pass out in my seat -- but I'm sure those were bruises on my throat. Gripping? Yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 3, 2007
Insistent, ingenious and slammed full of five heart attacks worth of action, The Bourne Ultimatum may be the best conspiracy action-thriller ever made, a beautifully crafted mix of mayhem, well-earned paranoia and unlikely introspection.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
August 3, 2007
The third chapter in the globe-trotting -- more like globe-speeding, actually -- saga of Jason Bourne, a.k.a. the Spy With No Memory, is easily the best of the three.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 3, 2007
The first by Doug Liman was best, but the second and third by Greengrass come close because of a strict consistency in tone and talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 3, 2007
The Bourne Ultimatum leaps, scampers, scraps and drives its way into the pantheon of all-time great action movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 3, 2007
Ultimatum is a tribute to Bourne's determination, his driving skills, his intelligence in out-thinking his masters and especially his good luck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 3, 2007
For Jason Bourne, who rises and rises again in this fantastically kinetic, propulsive film, resurrection is the name of the game, just as it is for franchises.
August 3, 2007
This is a film about momentum, gravity, trajectory. It's a physics lesson wrapped up in an espionage thriller, and when director Greengrass yells 'Action!' he means it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 3, 2007
This is a chase film, pushed to the fragmented limits of abstraction, that rattles and jolts and explodes like an intricately designed drum solo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 2, 2007
Damon lends an air of conscious integrity to the part, a quality of reflective introspection that acts as an amazingly effective ballast against the complete implausibility of his continued survival.
August 2, 2007
Here's hoping Damon is Bourne again.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 2, 2007
Here, as in that other new-style spy movie Casino Royale, everything is hard and fast and brutal and, above all, straight-faced. No throwaway lines, no puns.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 2, 2007
Damon's minimalist style is key to why the Bourne movies have become an oasis from other blockbuster action fare; freed from the bells and whistles of computer-generated effects...and they've succeeded in bringing the genre back down to earth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 2, 2007
The Bourne series makes for an unusual action franchise. All the movies are exhilarating, including the third installment, The Bourne Ultimatum, which opens tonight and leaves a bruise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 2, 2007
The battle is as long as it is ferocious, and in the audience I saw the movie with, nobody took a breath until it was over. Then they exhaled in a noise that exploded into a cheer.
August 2, 2007
His [Greengrass'] masterful direction of The Bourne Ultimatum makes this third installment unequivocally the summer's best 'threequel.' It also is easily the best action thriller of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 2, 2007
Greengrass somehow manages to keep the pace aerobically snappy for almost two hours, never letting it lag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2007
Fresher, leaner, and faster than any action movie in years.
August 2, 2007
Paul Greengrass has to keep it moving all the time, putting Matt Damon through endless car and foot chases and taking to a dizzying extreme his signature style of handheld camera, lurching zooms, whiplash pans, and second-to-second editing.
August 2, 2007
A thoughtful, superior action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2007
From that first moment to the last of this peerlessly mounted action thriller, the chase never stops. Bourne's nerve never falters, or that of director Paul Greengrass, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 2, 2007
The Bourne Ultimatum is a spectacular windup toy of a thriller -- a contraption made by an artist.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 2, 2007
Screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who's been around the block with Bourne on the first two pictures, juggles all of this to-ing and fro-ing with admirable precision.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2007
Faster and, if possible, furiouser than its predecessors.
August 2, 2007
A hell of a show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 2, 2007
It's frenetic to the point of crazy while achieving a mark that barely exceeds mediocre.
August 2, 2007
Damon, however, is perfect. He doesn't say a lot, but he's able to suggest the turmoil and mistrust of a man with no memory.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 1, 2007
This adrenaline-charged, bullet-riddled sprint from Moscow to New York is the best of the Bourne films, a politically-charged actioner with chases, brawls, shootouts and dry wit that never relies on one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2007
A knockout roller-coaster ride custom-made for adrenaline junkies, it's easily the savviest and most satisfying spy movie in years, besting both of its preceding Bournes -- Identity and Supremacy.
July 31, 2007
It's bravura filmmaking in the jittery, handheld, frenetically edited Paul Greengrass style.
July 31, 2007
It's so expertly crafted and the cast is so superb that The Bourne Ultimatum exceeds all expectations of the genre.
July 31, 2007
[Ultimatum] flips the standard conspiracy thriller on its head. Greengrass gets there so deftly it's enough to make yours spin.
July 31, 2007
Matt Damon's terrific in this movie.
July 31, 2007
When it comes to action, The Bourne Ultimatum trumps the summer's other offerings. While its stunts are no less preposterous than those in Live Free or Die Hard, what The Bourne Ultimatum offers is grittier and more visceral.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2007
The material is formulaic, but, of all the current action franchises, this one is the most enjoyable.
July 25, 2007
It's a 114-minute chase film, dashing through streets and rooftops of any number of international urban sprawls with Matt Damon's redoubtable Jason Bourne hot on the trail of -- himself.
July 24, 2007
The third and purportedly final installment in the mountingly exciting series is a pounding, pulsating thriller that provides an almost constant adrenaline surge for nearly two hours.
July 14, 2007
The cat-and-mouse sequences in this film are revelatory -- they're why we go to the movies in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5