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Based on 36 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 31 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In this steadily gripping hothouse of a thriller, it's Cooper -- funny, fierce and bug-wild -- who gives us a look into the abyss. show more

  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Hanssen is such an enigma that any attempt to explain him has inherent interest. Breach expends too much energy on a minor functionary, but it is still worth seeing for its fleeting looks into a heart of darkness. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Less ambitious and more narrowly focused than the CIA saga "The Good Shepherd," Breach is a compelling, intelligent drama. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The movie is serious, intelligent, intentionally claustrophobic and awfully somber -- you remember it in black and white, though it was shot (by the masterful Tak Fujimoto) in color. But you'll remember Mr. Cooper's performance for exactly what it is, an uncompromising study in the gradual decay of a soul. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    This is a quiet, meticulously plotted chamber piece, not the booming, lightning-paced orchestral affair we know as the contemporary action film in the Age of Ludlum. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Ray and his writers found plenty of material to fill Cooper's capable hands. They've turned what must have been a tedious investigation into a sharp cat-and-mouse game between Hanssen and Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe). show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    In this film, everything comes down to the acting. Chris Cooper, one of our finest screen actors, gets inside the mysterious traitor. Ryan Phillippe has just the right gung-ho determination tempered with a touch of naivete as O'Neill. Meanwhile, Laura Linney nails the role of a career agent. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A compelling and eerily effective little drama. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Cooper is the reason to see the film, which was photographed by Tak Fujimoto in the dour tones he brought to a more flagrant realm of evil, and FBI detective work, in "The Silence of the Lambs." show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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. show more

  • June 26, 2009 Paul St.Villiers
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    Great movie! In the tradition of Hitchcock you know in advance how it will turn out, but the suspense is in trying to figure out how Cooper will get caught. Cooper's quiet intensity and the cast's low-key acting throughout were perfect... But reading the posts here it appears most of today's movie fans are more entertained by reality TV! I only pray Hollywood doesn't surrender. .

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  • May 22, 2008 aightslim
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    A decent movie all together .. But probably the dryest movie I've ever seen.

  • May 22, 2008 medswr
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    Just saw the best intrigue as of late; and, no bang-em-up, bloody violence as in so much of today's media. Lot's of true deception by an intelligent, but religious fanatic/sexual deviant. Cooper should be nominated for an academy award for his exceptional job of playing the part of Hanssen. Am anxious to read the book...........

  • May 22, 2008 highnoon4
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    A very taut and intelligent espionage movie. For those looking for blood, gore, obscene language and someone getting their head blow off every other minute, look elsewhere or.....bring out your CD of "The Departed". However, if you are looking for an intelligent movie with reality and character, I highly recommend this smart well directed real spy thriller.

  • May 22, 2008 geoffreygovan
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    A BORING T.V. movie.

  • May 22, 2008 Raymond
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    excellent cast Chris Cooper is simply one of the best actors Hollwood has to offer i'd never miss anything he does

  • May 22, 2008 rraeanngriffin
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    The acting in this movie was excellent! I found the story interesting from beginning to end.

  • May 22, 2008 alicia7766
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    Really interesting story line. Great acting. Slow in parts but overall very entertaining

  • May 22, 2008 ncharleson
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    A piece of current history that gives you a riveting inside view of the FBIgreat talent, strong story line without all the Hollywood buzz affect...refreshing

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