The Bourne Supremacy

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  • Summary: The Bourne Supremacy re-enters the shadowy world of expert assassin Jason Bourne (Damon), who continues to find himself plagued by splintered nightmares from his former life. The stakes are now even higher for the agent as he coolly maneuvers through the dangerous waters of internationalThe Bourne Supremacy re-enters the shadowy world of expert assassin Jason Bourne (Damon), who continues to find himself plagued by splintered nightmares from his former life. The stakes are now even higher for the agent as he coolly maneuvers through the dangerous waters of international espionage - replete with CIA plots, turncoat agents and ever-shifting covert alliances - all the while hoping to find the truth behind his haunted memories and answers to his own fragmented past. (Universal Studios) Expand

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  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. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    Taut, tightly paced and thrilling, with some of the best chase sequences -- whether by foot, taxi or Jeep -- in recent memory.
  4. 75
    The strapping Damon's lived-in performance makes us happy to follow Bourne wherever he may go.
  5. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    70
    Supremacy certainly works on its own terms, but those terms are limiting. It's an entertainment machine about a killing machine.
  6. All herky-jerky camera movements and no pussyfooting around with the interior lives of these characters.
  7. I had some trouble with the plot, but I'm not the only one -- so did the screenwriter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 115
  2. Negative: 15 out of 115
  1. Jul 28, 2012
    10
    The Bourne Supremacy is a rip-roaring juggernaut of a movie. It totally outclasses it's predecessor in every conceivable way, ratcheting upThe 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. Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2013
    9
    Not quite as fresh and intriguing as its predecessor or its sequel, but still a brilliant film which you can watch over and over withoutNot quite as fresh and intriguing as its predecessor or its sequel, but still a brilliant film which you can watch over and over without getting bored. Expand
  3. Mar 30, 2014
    9
    I liked it better than the first one. Since the beginning it develops an adrenaline line of action. Non expected at the beginning, but it onlyI liked it better than the first one. Since the beginning it develops an adrenaline line of action. Non expected at the beginning, but it only gives it more energy for what´s coming. Expand
  4. Jan 17, 2012
    7
    Parts of the film are good but it never really draws you in the way the first film did. More running and chasing in this film and a lot lessParts of the film are good but it never really draws you in the way the first film did. More running and chasing in this film and a lot less hand to hand combat (which made the first film so good imo) in the action sequences. The plot is ok but it doesnt explain much, if anything really. Overall it was an ok film that never reachs the next level that its so close to reaching. Expand
  5. Nov 21, 2015
    7
    Better than the original, The Bourne Supremacy is the rare sequel that takes what the original did well and improves upon it. Matt Damon isBetter than the original, The Bourne Supremacy is the rare sequel that takes what the original did well and improves upon it. Matt Damon is still dynamic as the titular Jason Bourne. The action can be a little hectic, which is what holds this one back a bit, as it can be hard to follow during the action sequences. It can also get a little bogged down in the details like all spy flicks, but all the same, this is a very good action spy thriller. Director Paul Greengrass certainly knows what he is doing and knows how to tell a good story. The film is thrilling, the score is good, and the cinematography has moments of absolute brilliance (the shot of Bourne walking to his car in snow covered Russia comes to mind). Overall, The Bourne Supremacy is a good film that manages to entertain in spades even if it does nothing different from other spy films. Expand
  6. Aug 27, 2012
    7
    Not as good as Identity, but still thrilling and a worthy follow on. I was hoping for more action, given that it's shorter, but the plot isNot as good as Identity, but still thrilling and a worthy follow on. I was hoping for more action, given that it's shorter, but the plot is good enough to keep it interesting. Expand
  7. JoeyK.
    May 7, 2006
    0
    This movie is absolutely horrible. The first one was great. This one was an insult. Frankly, I'm downright outraged that this one got a This movie is absolutely horrible. The first one was great. This one was an insult. Frankly, I'm downright outraged that this one got a better metcritic score, because it is utter garbage. There is very little actual action. 3/4 of the movie is just footage of Matt Damon walking really fast and looking beihind him. Seriously. And when ther actually IS something that SHOULD be interesting, you can't see it because whenever there's a fight, the first thing they do is kick the epileptic camera man in the balls. If you like faked, boring "suspense," see this movie. If you like action movies, or liked the first one, for the love of God stay away from this crap. Expand

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