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Breach Reviews

August 31, 2007
Tense, fascinating, worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
March 21, 2007
Ultimately, the movie soars because of the inspired casting of Chris Cooper as Hanssen.
February 23, 2007
(Chris Cooper)is the principal reason why this unspectacular, low-key study of the Hanssen national security fiasco is so effective.
February 17, 2007
Ray's careful emphasis on authenticity over thrills and psychology over action is impeded by this narrative's narrow window: there's so much we can't know about what Hanssen did and why.
February 17, 2007
Ray's impression of the real Hanssen remains frighteningly opaque.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 17, 2007
When your false spy rings the truest, there's a problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
February 17, 2007
Breach is competently made but, aside from Cooper's performance, there's nothing here worth getting excited about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 16, 2007
An uncompromising study in the gradual decay of a soul.
February 16, 2007
Though you know from the start just how it's going to end, Breach, based on the true story of a treasonous FBI operative, is an edge-of-the-seat thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
Breach is a movie tailor-made for the age of intelligence failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
Subtle, complex, bleakly funny at times, but always utterly enveloping, one of the great studies in profoundly abnormal psychology.
February 16, 2007
One of the best elements of this lean, tense and coolly believable story about the internal hunt for FBI turncoat Robert Hanssen is how its visual style and dearth of formulaic structural ingredients run counter to almost any other spy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 16, 2007
Breach suffers from lavishing so much attention on a relatively minor figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 16, 2007
Just when you're thinking every new American film belongs in the Bomb Squad, along comes Breach to win one for our side.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 16, 2007
A riveting true-life thriller about the young FBI specialist who got the goods on the veteran agent selling secrets to Moscow.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
The movie gives us counter-espionage without the Bourne or Bond embellishments, and superb acting from Cooper, Phillippe and Linney.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2007
Cooper's performance is fine. The script, however, is filled with dead-end tangents and unanswered questions.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 16, 2007
Though it's being dumped in the wastelands in February, Breach is better than many of the pack of so-called prestige movies that were released at the end of last year.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
A sharp cat-and-mouse game between Hanssen and Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe), the agent/trainee assigned to spy on him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
Filled with tension, deception and bravura acting, Breach is a crackling tale of real-life espionage that doubles as a compelling psychological drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2007
I can imagine no better man [than Chris Cooper] to play the enigma at the center of Breach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
A thriller with no thrills, a true story minus a single interesting truth, a real-life tale with all the fascination scraped off to leave only a residue of tedious facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 16, 2007
Breach is the sort of studiously serious, well-made, based-on-fact film that critics go crazy for and audiences find earnestly dull and eminently avoidable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 16, 2007
Breach is a good cloak-and-dagger tale and telling this complex story through O'Neill proves a brilliant way to watch Hanssen's schemes unravel.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
We know from the outset that Hanssen, brilliantly played by Chris Cooper, is guilty. What we don't know is how the FBI caught him, and that's what director Billy Ray's carefully detailed and absorbing movie tells us.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 16, 2007
It's not just that Breach looks terrific compared with the dreck Hollywood has thrown on screen so far this year, though there is that. No, Breach has the early-season intelligence and intriguing casting of last year's Inside Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 16, 2007
This isn't one of those labyrinthine works of deception that doubles back on itself at every turn. Breach is content to tell a strong story with the utmost efficiency and let its cast do the heavy lifting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 16, 2007
About the only thing ineffective about Breach is the humdrum title. Everything else in this smart thriller works like a perfectly crafted Latin Square puzzle.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
February 16, 2007
Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen is now serving a life sentence for his long career as a Russian and Soviet spy, but this rote thriller implies he should have done prison time just for being Catholic.
February 16, 2007
There's precious little espionage where we can see it, and that's what makes the movie such a compelling and eerily effective little drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 16, 2007
The thriller Breach manages to excite and unnerve despite our knowing the ending.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2007
The picture is suspenseful where it counts, and at times, it's truly terrifying. There were moments that made my skin crawl.
February 15, 2007
Without Cooper's performance, Breach would have been a good, workmanlike thriller. His presence lifts it to a whole new level.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 15, 2007
Chris Cooper is the whole, haunted show in Breach.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2007
Because this espionage thriller is based on true events, it's a given that the bad guy will be caught. But [director] Ray builds an intriguing maze around the how, seen through the eyes of the audience's proxy, a young FBI man sent to spy on a colleague.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2007
As he proved with Shattered Glass and as he proves again with Breach, director Billy Ray has become the John Ford of Washington culture.
February 15, 2007
You begin to suspect the FBI may be the world's most boring bunch of crime busters during Breach, a movie that urgently asserts itself as a spy thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 15, 2007
After the lumbering self-importance of The Good Shepherd, this lean, self-effacing portrait of an organizational black sheep is welcome.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2007
If you don't see enough of personality-deficient paper-pushers and sterile office environments on your daily rounds, this film will offer just what you've been missing.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 15, 2007
Breach becomes a one-man show, and even though, thanks to [Chris] Cooper, it's quite a show, spy thrillers depend on the kind of give-and-take conspicuously missing here.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 15, 2007
Much like Hanssen himself, Breach, which was co-written and directed by Billy Ray, remains cool to the touch, and all the more queasily fascinating for it.
February 14, 2007
An unusually smart, tense and engaging film amid the usual dreck that lands in theaters this time of year.
February 14, 2007
In truth, the movie leaves us scratching our heads. And yet, for most of it, I was held -- by Chris Cooper's dour portrayal of walled-off demons, by the director's fascination with a deception that, on the surface of it, doesn't add up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 14, 2007
Breach is a tough, bare-knuckle look at the new cyber-terrorism that holds you captive from start to finish.
February 13, 2007
A wonderfully taut cat-and-mouse thriller. It features a performance by Chris Cooper, as the eccentric, contradictory Hanssen, that ought to be remembered as one of the year's best come December.
February 13, 2007
It's not interested in cheap thrills or playing gotcha with the audience. (Which isn't to say parts of it aren't exhilarating.)
February 12, 2007
As he proved in Shattered Glass, Ray has a talent for nailing the essence of an ecosystem.
February 12, 2007
The unexciting look and feel of the movie wouldn't have bothered me if the filmmakers had penetrated Hanssen's skull a little.
February 9, 2007
Just as somber as The Good Shepherd, the most recent domestic spy drama, but more tightly focused, Breach absorbingly zeroes in on how the FBI nailed the most damaging turncoat in American history.
February 8, 2007
Breach, based on actual CIA and FBI history, meticulously scrutinizes the real world of spies to draw scary portraits of deadly, unpleasant people.