Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. A conventionally heightened series of escapes and clashes and hide-and-seek gambits, yet the way the film has been made, nothing that happens seems inevitable -- which is to say, anything seems possible. There's a word for that sensation. It's called excitement.
  2. 90
    As a piece of craft, and with the exception of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," it's miles beyond any studio film this summer.
  3. Rarely does pop come with such sizzle.
  4. This is high-speed action realism carried off with the dexterity of a magician pulling a hundred rabbits out of a hat in one graceful gesture. The crowning flourish is an extended car chase through the streets and tunnels of Moscow that ranks as one of the three or four most exciting demolition derbies ever filmed.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The sequel is simply a tour-de-force of thriller filmmaking.
  6. Spy movies just got thrilling again.
  7. 88
    If you've forgotten the kick you get from watching a globe-trotting, butt-kicking, whiplash-paced action movie done with humor, style and smarts, take a ride with The Bourne Supremacy.
  8. Close to perfect example of an expertly designed and executed thriller.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Taut, tightly paced and thrilling, with some of the best chase sequences -- whether by foot, taxi or Jeep -- in recent memory.
  10. Greengrass has a fine sense of pacing, keeping events moving. It's rarely hard to guess what's going to happen next, but events unfold with such gusto that there's barely time to notice that.
  11. Trumping its predecessor with a tauter plot, a lower body count and just as many edge-of-the-seat jolts.
  12. Delivers the expected adrenaline-driven thrills with a fresh eye and a refreshing attitude.
  13. Reviewed by: Chris Hewitt
    The Bourne Supremacy builds on and exceeds the original, delivering, quite simply, one of the finest big-budget thrillers in years.
  14. 80
    Goes through its airport-thriller paces with dazzling kinetics and style.
  15. Plot matters more here than spectacle; the film's real climax involves no demolition, but rather two characters in a room quietly discussing devastating events in their past.
  16. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    The action sequences are expert studies in controlled chaos.
  17. 75
    That the director, Paul Greengrass, treats the material with gravity and uses good actors in well-written supporting roles elevates the movie above its genre, but not quite out of it.
  18. 75
    Achieves an assaultive intensity that adds a level of visceral excitement to car chases, mano-a-mano showdowns -- even simple conversations. It's a style that takes some getting used to -- the images flit by at near-subliminal speeds -- but proves tremendously effective.
  19. 75
    The strapping Damon's lived-in performance makes us happy to follow Bourne wherever he may go.
  20. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The way Greengrass lets you feel the violence is impressive. Most movie heroes punch through armies without scraping their knuckles, but Bourne's a believable wreck by midpoint.
  21. Reviewed by: Leah McLaren
    Directed by Paul Greengrass, the unflinching eye behind "Bloody Sunday," The Bourne Supremacy not only lives up to the promises of the novel by Robert Ludlum, but in many ways manages to improve on the first film.
  22. 75
    Solid summer entertainment set in a recognizably real world.
  23. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Supremacy is, minor quibbles aside, a worthy successor to “The Bourne Identity.”
  24. 70
    Over all, though, the picture fires on all pistons. The globetrotting's a good time-I can't think of another spy film that's featured as delightful an assortment of seamy international undersides.
  25. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    The action is confusing at first and the hyperventilated editing style at times goes beyond the pale, so pic ultimately emerges as an erratic but not unworthy sequel to its gritty, genre-invigorating predecessor.
  26. Supremacy certainly works on its own terms, but those terms are limiting. It's an entertainment machine about a killing machine.
  27. 70
    Putting it mildly, this style of shallow, panting composition isn't the way I’d like movies to go, but, of its kind, The Bourne Supremacy is incredibly skilled--much more exciting than its predecessor.
  28. All herky-jerky camera movements and no pussyfooting around with the interior lives of these characters.
  29. Supremacy has thrills, but without Potente's presence, it loses its soul.
  30. 63
    A serviceable thriller - no more, no less.
  31. Like its various post-Cold War European locations, the film remains chilly and distant. Every time you feel like you're finally grabbing hold of something involving, the picture once again spins frustratingly out of reach.
  32. 60
    A refreshing alternative to the hypertrophied spy thrillers in which exaggerated action sequences, over-the-top super-villainy and high-tech gadgetry trump character and plot.
  33. Reviewed by: Joe Donnelly
    In Supremacy, Damon is left to play basically one droning, humorless note, which, unfortunately, he does with his eyes closed.
  34. The loss of the first film's hurtling who-am-I? story engine is keenly felt, and too much time is spent observing the characters get on and off planes, trains, and automobiles.
  35. This time it's just chasing, fistfighting, and shooting. A disappointment from the director of "Bloody Sunday."
  36. The movie is mostly a series of frenetic clashes, dubious near misses and car chases. It lacks the human interest and snowy splendor of the first movie, directed by Doug Liman.
  37. Almost everything that made "The Bourne Identity" refreshing -- the wit, the irony, the suspense, the novelty of its premise -- is gone in The Bourne Supremacy, and what's left is the spectacle of Matt Damon, with perfect posture and senses primed like a cat, making his way through a routine action thriller.
  38. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    What’s missing here is the amnesiac hook that made "The Bourne Identity" such a sleeper hit.
  39. I had some trouble with the plot, but I'm not the only one -- so did the screenwriter.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 233 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 112
  2. Negative: 15 out of 112
  1. Sep 25, 2011
    Man, the movie's still has the same intensity, same action sequences, same stupidity, and the same plot. I wonder if the movie might become something like the James Bond Franchise... Full Review »
  2. Jan 23, 2013
    A rare sequel that actually improves upon the original. The Bourne Supremacy duplicates everything that was right about The Bourne Identity, and improves upon it by making the story easier to follow. Full Review »
  3. Jul 28, 2012
    The Bourne Supremacy is a rip-roaring juggernaut of a movie. It totally outclasses it's predecessor in every conceivable way, ratcheting up both the action sequences and the film's emotional core to thrilling levels. With superb acting, an excellent script and thunderous set-pieces, The Bourne Supremacy should be held as a textbook example of how to do a sequel right. Full Review »