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  • Summary: Robert Ludlum's international thriller gets an edgy 21st century spin from director Doug Liman.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The movie is a generic paranoid espionage fantasy, but its proportions are refreshingly correct. It moves quickly, adroitly, and without fuss.
  3. 80
    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.
  4. The result is not only entertaining but also refreshing, a shameless crowd-pleaser with a healthy cynicism about itself.
  5. 70
    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.
  6. 60
    Makes one interested in seeing the inevitable sequel, but one is also left to somewhat question the worth of sitting through this first installment.
  7. Reviewed by: Renee Graham
    The best audiences can hope for is that they, too, get amnesia and forget they ever saw this movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 92
  2. Negative: 1 out of 92
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    From start to finish, this is a great movie. It's got just the right amount of suspense, just the right amount of action, just the right amount of character development. I don't have a single complaint about this movie. Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2011
    Oh my god. Love it. Espesiall since it is Taylor Lautners favorite movie. I heart Taylor Lautner. Must watch again. Gotta go because I am going to watch the movie again. Thankyou for reading my review. Goodbye. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2013
    Love this movie.
  4. CRL
    Jul 26, 2011
    First, this is not an adaptation the Robert Ludlum novel that it's supposedly based on. It's a completely original, standalone work, with the only similarity being the central character, while everything else built around him from scratch by the director and screenwriter. And as that standalone work it's an excellent action thriller that delivers on every front. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2013
    A rather original action film that is helped along the way with the interesting plot and solid acting by the cast. It's one of few modern day action films that is actually good. Expand
  6. Jul 22, 2013
    Found floating in the Atlantic Ocean Jason Bourne awakes to find he has no memory of who he is.

    Unfortunately Bourne has enemies and they
    certainly know who he is. The hero with Amnesia story is not exactly original but The Bourne Identity tells a more interesting story than most as Bourne fights to find out why everyone seems to want him dead. The movie whips along at a cracking pace featuring all manner of exciting fight scenes and car chases meaning the two hours will fly by. Expand
  7. Aug 17, 2013
    The Bourne Idenity is a solid action flick that had a good plot. The movie started strong but towards the end I didn't know what Damon's character goal was. He wanted answers but he didn't really know what he was looking for in which turned to me not knowing what to look for. Expand

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