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The Bourne Identity

8/10
Thriller . Mystery . Drama . Action
 

Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. Bourne realizes, though, that he has the combat and mental skills of a world-class spy, but who does he work for?

 
Actors: Chris Cooper , Franka Potente , Matt Damon , Julia Stiles , Josh Hamilton , Walton Goggins , Gabriel Mann , Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje , Brian Cox , Clive Owen
Directors: Doug Liman
Country: USA , GERMANY , CZECH REPUBLIC
Release: 2002-06-14
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  • Todd McCarthy

    A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    Blisteringly fast, Bourne also has a strong or striking supporting actor around every corner: Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles and Clive Owen in roles that range from meaty to amazingly small.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    One of those rare thrillers where the cops aren't fools, villains don't turn stupid at crucial moments, and career assassins seldom miss targets.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Somehow the movie works like a clock. Its scenes and sensibility are all more than familiar, but it exudes a kind of nostalgic spy-movie charm and, at the same time, is so fresh and free of the usual thriller nonsense that it all seems to be happening for the first time.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Charles Taylor

    Entertaining, handsome and gripping, The Bourne Identity is something of an anomaly among big-budget summer blockbusters: a thriller with some brains and feeling behind it, more attuned to story and character than to spectacle.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    This is an entertainment that really entertains because any number of interesting and unexpected choices were made, starting with the selection of Doug Liman as the director.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The Bourne Identity, like its hero, triumphs through sheer unreflective professionalism. It is, by today's standards, a modest thriller, with a self-contained storyline and with very few big special effects.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The movie is a generic paranoid espionage fantasy, but its proportions are refreshingly correct. It moves quickly, adroitly, and without fuss.

    Slate Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    The result is an escapist fantasy that is -- Damon's and Potente's persuasive performances aside -- as weightless and inconsequential as a musical. And at the moment every bit as welcome.

    Time Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    There isn't a dull or dumb moment in this movie.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Hank Sartin

    The full-throttle approach of director Doug Liman (Swingers, Go) is impressive.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Like its protagonist, it never hands you explanations on a silver platter, and it makes you think a bit, something far too few thrillers do these days.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A skillful action movie about a plot that exists only to support a skillful action movie. The entire story is a set-up for the martial arts and chases. Because they are done well, because the movie is well-crafted and acted, we give it a pass. Too bad it's not about something.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    Liman packs enough firepower into The Bourne Identity to please the summer action fan, including a reshot climax that contains one of the niftier stunts I've seen recently. The centerpiece action sequence is a bravura car chase through Paris, yet the moments that bookend it are equally impressive.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Damon, starring in his first full-fledged action pic, brings a determined bearing and believability to the proceedings.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The result is not only entertaining but also refreshing, a shameless crowd-pleaser with a healthy cynicism about itself.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Nicely paced and fits the bill for those in search of two hours of spy-based action and martial arts. The movie has credibility issues, but none are insurmountable in the name of entertainment.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    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 (Clive Owen, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox) on the side.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Director Doug Liman -- the hip skipper of "Swingers" and "Go" -- makes all the familiar dirty business seem fun and almost human. In these dog days, Bourne earns what passes as high praise: It doesn't suck.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    A lean, deftly shot, well-acted, weirdly retro thriller that recalls a raft of '60s and '70s European-set spy pictures. There are even moments when you hope it could turn into a modern "Charade."

    New York Post Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The problems with Damon's character are the problem with the movie: It's about plot mechanics, not heart and soul.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    This savvy adaptation of Robert Ludlum's action-clogged 1980 bestseller benefits from the fact that the filmmakers were smart enough to throw out most of the book's preposterous spills and thrills and concentrate instead on its intriguing central character.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Michael Dequina

    Makes one interested in seeing the inevitable sequel, but one is also left to somewhat question the worth of sitting through this first installment.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    May be a bloodless piece of thriller craftsmanship, but at a time when craft has become negligible, its efficiency and whipcrack timing are increasingly uncommon virtues.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    As for Damon, this may not be a performance so much as an appearance. But he cares so utterly, it works.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    It has a few whispers of intrigue, but at the heart of The Bourne Identity lies a dispiriting paradox: The more that Jason Bourne learns about himself, the less arresting he seems.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Films borrow tricks from pictures made years ago -- try to watch Bourne without thinking of "The Manchurian Candidate."

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Next time Damon will have to find a worthier vehicle. As the intended start of a franchise, The Bourne Identity is a bit of a bust.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    All this is diverting but also borderline dull.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Banal big-budget adaptation of Robert Ludlum's 1980 espionage thriller.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Renee Graham

    The best audiences can hope for is that they, too, get amnesia and forget they ever saw this movie.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The outcome is distinctive and entertaining. There's no way you'd mistake this for James Bond, and no reason you would want to.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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