The Bourne Ultimatum


Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    Bravura doesn't begin to describe Greengrass's skill in mounting these complex sequences...This is, simply put, some of the most accomplished filmmaking being done anywhere for any purpose.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The best action thriller of the year.
  3. Reviewed by: James Dyer
    The best blockbuster of the summer and the most accomplished thriller since, well, Supremacy. This is the payoff Bourne fans have been waiting for and the standard to which future blockbusters should be held.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Feels fresher, leaner, and faster than any action movie in years.
  5. Mr. Greengrass knows how to do his job, and there’s no one in Hollywood right now who does action better, who keeps the pace going so relentlessly, without mercy or letup, scene after hard-rocking scene.
  6. 100
    A great action movie, exhilarating and neatly crafted, the kind of picture that will still look good 20 or 30 years from now.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The movie is one continuous, exhausting, exhilarating chase.
  8. A spectacular windup toy of a thriller -- a contraption made by an artist.
  9. 91
    Damon's minimalist style is key to why the Bourne movies have become an oasis from other blockbuster action fare.
  10. 91
    Few films combine a dense and tingling atmosphere with the headlong pacing and adventure of The Bourne Ultimatum.
  11. It's a relentless finale to the "Bourne" movie trilogy that raises the stakes, pumps up the action and develops old characters while introducing new villains
  12. Audiences will eat it up: This is a postmillennial spy-action movie pitched to a large international audience. You hardly need subtitles.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A pounding, pulsating thriller that provides an almost constant adrenaline surge for nearly two hours.
  14. It says something about Paul Greengrass' directing style that he's able to make a movie as fresh and frank as The Bourne Ultimatum from a genre as moldy and bombastic as the spy thriller.
  15. This is the most satisfying thriller of the year, capping the Bourne trilogy.
  16. 88
    Director Paul Greengrass - who directed the superb "United 93" between the second and third "Bourne" installments - knows how to stage and edit bravura action sequences, generating almost unbearable suspense while deploying a superb cast.
  17. 88
    The movies are smart -- smarter than you, but not in an off-putting way. Their basic appeal, especially this new one, is that Matt Damon’s killing machine, Jason Bourne, is the cleverest man on earth. And we thrill to his sense of superiority.
  18. Both the most bewildering of the three movies and also the most brutally compelling.
  19. It's the rare action picture whose adrenaline-driven thrills neither overshadow the characters nor degenerate into cartoonish preposterousness.
  20. 88
    You sit there, and the action assaults you, and using words to re-create it would be futile. What actually happens to Jason Bourne is essentially immaterial. What matters is that SOMETHING must happen, so he can run away from it or toward it.
  21. 88
    It's an action picture that's been distilled and compressed to its tightest, barest, almost abstract essence, and it's absolutely thrilling.
  22. Bursting with so much amped-up energy, you may need to rest once it's finally done.
  23. 88
    The movie is thunderously exciting, but what makes it resonate is the wrenching story we read on Damon's face. We've waited all summer for a wild ride to grab us with more than jolts. Now it's here. Hang on.
  24. 80
    You come out of the movie both excited and soothed, as if your body had been worked on by felt-covered drumsticks.
  25. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    For action junkies, The Bourne Ultimatum will be like a hit of pure meth. It's bravura filmmaking in the jittery, handheld, frenetically edited Paul Greengrass style.
  26. 80
    Faster and, if possible, furiouser than its predecessors.
  27. Greengrass and co. may have made one of the best action movies in recent memory.
  28. 75
    The Bourne Ultimatum provides a lot more suspense and tension than "Transformers" could hope for.
  29. For once, I didn't feel cheated by an unresolved ending, but let's hope this is the end. Robert Ludlum wrote three Bourne novels, and this is one series that ought not to be dishonored by inferior sequels.
  30. Director Paul Greengrass downplays the movie's travelogue aspects by repeating the bobbly, hand-held camera style he used on "The Bourne Supremacy." It's not a style I'm fond of.
  31. A thoughtful, satisfying action thriller.
  32. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Most thrillers of this ilk have no qualms about going past the 120-minute mark, but I think Greengrass and company understood that overdoing it would turn mass excitement into massive headache.
  33. 70
    This adaptation of Robert Ludlum's third and last Bourne thriller doesn't have much story left, so director Paul Greengrass has to keep it moving all the time.
  34. 70
    A perfectly serviceable action movie…better than most, in fact. The entire premise is growing creaky, however, leading us to think we might want to leave this particular spy out in the cold a while, before he becomes completely tiresome.
  35. It’s not just vérité--it’s battlefield vérité; it triggers your fight-or-flight instincts.
  36. It's frenetic to the point of crazy while achieving a mark that barely exceeds mediocre.
  37. The movie is so surreal it's just not very involving. As an action extravaganza, it's busy but dull.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 689 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 228
  1. May 24, 2011
    Rarely in a trilogy does each movie improve on it's predacessor however in this case its a case of saving the best until last! The BourneRarely in a trilogy does each movie improve on it's predacessor however in this case its a case of saving the best until last! The Bourne Identity and Supremacy where amazing but Ultimatum blows them out them water. It raises the bar and set's the standards for all spy, espionage, federal agent franchises - whatever you want to call them the likes of Bond, Bauer and McClane all have some serious work to do. This film picks up from the previous outing with Bourne escaping the authorities and on the run however he inadvertently becomes the target of Operation Blackbriar - a Treadstone upgrade whilst working with a London based journalist. Information from the reporter brings back new sets of memories for Bourne as he finally intends upon finding out about his dark past and who he truely is whilst evading a new ruthless breed of assassin leading to a phenominal finale in the final installment of a tremednous trilogy! This film has everything action from start to finish, superb suspense and a real thriller once more showcasing just how good a recipe it is with Paul Greengrass directing and Matt Damon in awesome form as Jason Bourne. Full Review »
  2. Dec 14, 2013
    The Bourne Ultimatum concludes the Bourne trilogy in style, with sharper camerawork, interesting characters, great action sequences, and PaulThe Bourne Ultimatum concludes the Bourne trilogy in style, with sharper camerawork, interesting characters, great action sequences, and Paul Greengrass at his finest. Full Review »
  3. Nov 22, 2011
    I think that Bourne really is the new Bond. The Bourne Ultimatum was as action as action can get. The story was good, The cast was good,I think that Bourne really is the new Bond. The Bourne Ultimatum was as action as action can get. The story was good, The cast was good, everything was good about this film. Full Review »