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  • Summary: Robert Ludlum's international thriller gets an edgy 21st century spin from director Doug Liman.
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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. This is an entertainment that really entertains because any number of interesting and unexpected choices were made, starting with the selection of Doug Liman as the director.
  3. 80
    The full-throttle approach of director Doug Liman (Swingers, Go) is impressive.
  4. 75
    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.
  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
    May be a bloodless piece of thriller craftsmanship, but at a time when craft has become negligible, its efficiency and whipcrack timing are increasingly uncommon virtues.
  7. Reviewed by: Renee Graham
    38
    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: 88 out of 95
  2. Negative: 1 out of 95
  1. 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 rightFrom 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
    10
    Oh my god. Love it. Espesiall since it is Taylor Lautners favorite movie. I heart Taylor Lautner. Must watch again. Gotta go because I amOh 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
    9
    Love this movie.
  4. ClintT.
    Mar 11, 2008
    8
    This is the first and strongest of the Bourne trilogy, based on the novels by Robert Ludlum. It deviates greatly from the books but is no This is the first and strongest of the Bourne trilogy, based on the novels by Robert Ludlum. It deviates greatly from the books but is no less of a film for that. It Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2013
    8
    A brilliant novel forged into an equally mesmerizing film.
    The Bourne Identity cruises with ease as Matt Damon plays a humble but skilled
    A brilliant novel forged into an equally mesmerizing film.
    The Bourne Identity cruises with ease as Matt Damon plays a humble but skilled agent in search of his own name.
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  6. Jul 31, 2012
    8
    This movie is a near perfect espionage thriller. It delivers on every side: the story is strong, perhaps shallow at first glance but efficientThis movie is a near perfect espionage thriller. It delivers on every side: the story is strong, perhaps shallow at first glance but efficient the way it is told; the actors are truly great, Damon acts exactly the way it should be and Potente is particularly honest in her performance. Expand
  7. Aug 17, 2013
    6
    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'sThe 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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