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  • 70
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

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

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

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

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Thrillers have become so gnawingly generic that The Bourne Identity wakes the senses without leaning on cliché and soundtrack. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • January 20, 2014 robleschaz
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    Action packed, none of the \"latest spy weapons\", just intellect and the will to survive, fantastic.

  • September 03, 2011 Dry Master
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    Great action film! Very good characters! Some scenes are disturbing but is just amazing!

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