Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 88
    In this steadily gripping hothouse of a thriller, it's Cooper -- funny, fierce and bug-wild -- who gives us a look into the abyss.
  2. Without Cooper's performance, Breach would have been a good, workmanlike thriller. His presence lifts it to a whole new level.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A compelling and eerily effective little drama.
  4. Filled with tension, deception and bravura acting, Breach is a crackling tale of real-life espionage that doubles as a compelling psychological drama.
  5. 83
    That it's based on a true spying case seems almost incidental. The heart of the picture is the human drama.
  6. 83
    In every important way, Breach isn't just a solid thriller; it's also an ambitious and engrossing piece of narrative journalism.
  7. The acting is superb, particularly from the three principals.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. Aug 31, 2014
    There are hundreds of films surrounding the FBI. In his second film, Billy Ray uses a fascinating real-life scenario to entertain us. A political thriller should have many layers of suspense and intellect... Breach has just that. Full Review »
  2. Feb 24, 2013
    Breach is a movie based on actual events, in which a rookie FBI agent goes undercover to find a Russian spy inside the U.S. Government. While the story is a good one, the film moves VERY slowly. In the end, it's pretty awesome what this agent did and what he was able to find. The story could have been told in a different way thou, one that would have kept the audiences attention better. It's a good story with a couple of great performances, but its not easy to sit through. Full Review »
  3. Apr 26, 2011
    Masterful docudrama - solid acting, great script and direction. Thrilling, the most realistic of suspense and also Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) work. Full Review »