Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 257 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 94
  2. Negative: 1 out of 94
  1. Aug 21, 2012
    6
    I will give it a 6 out of 10 because I found it too slow paced for an action movie, the first third of the movie was very entertaining but then after that it started to get tiring. Full Review »
  2. Sep 25, 2011
    6
    "Bourne Identity" is a serious action movie that looks cool, but creating a game off of this might have been a better choice.
  3. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    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. Full Review »