The Bourne Identity

User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 361 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 361

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  1. K.Kolesnik
    Jun 21, 2002
    3
    Matt Damon is my favorite actor, however, this movie did not keep my attention. Not only did Mr. Bourne not know what was going on, but neither did we! Where's the plot?!? I even left about 5 minutes early; Avoiding the crowd on the way out was more important!
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68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    75
    The Bourne Identity keeps you in a state of nervous excitation from the opening shot to the fade-out and has a thread of deadpan humor that vibrates alongside the main action like a third rail quivering next to a hurtling train.
  2. 80
    The full-throttle approach of director Doug Liman (Swingers, Go) is impressive.
  3. It has a few whispers of intrigue, but at the heart of The Bourne Identity lies a dispiriting paradox: The more that Jason Bourne learns about himself, the less arresting he seems.