Breach Synopsis
A young FBI employee must find proof that a lauded agent is a traitor.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A compelling and eerily effective little drama.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In this steadily gripping hothouse of a thriller, it's Cooper -- funny, fierce and bug-wild -- who gives us a look into the abyss.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie is serious, intelligent, intentionally claustrophobic and awfully somber -- you remember it in black and white, though it was shot...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
In this film, everything comes down to the acting. Chris Cooper, one of our finest screen actors, gets inside the mysterious traitor. Ryan...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Ray and his writers found plenty of material to fill Cooper's capable hands. They've turned what must have been a tedious investigation into...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
This is a quiet, meticulously plotted chamber piece, not the booming, lightning-paced orchestral affair we know as the contemporary action...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Cooper is the reason to see the film, which was photographed by Tak Fujimoto in the dour tones he brought to a more flagrant realm of evil,...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Less ambitious and more narrowly focused than the CIA saga "The Good Shepherd," Breach is a compelling, intelligent drama.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Now Ray has directed his second film, the abysmally titled Breach, and it's a bona fide companion piece, another true-life tale of...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Hanssen is such an enigma that any attempt to explain him has inherent interest. Breach expends too much energy on a minor functionary, but...
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A great movie...

I felt like I was watching actual footage of what happened. Very well done. The only thing I found far-fetched was how this highly trained spy, was duped by some punk intel-analyst when he had taken...


By The_G_Man
This movie was very boring. The whole time I was waiting for the movie to start getting exciting, but it never did. Also, guns were barely involved. Who has ever heard of a spy movie that doesn't...


By ballardrc
There are not many movies based on a true story that can keep your interest throughout the movie. This movie demands your attention and is very entertaining....


By blissie63
Great movie.. true story. Would have enjoyed more information on how Hanson got involved with espionage... Also would like to know what happened to his family. Great acting!!!!...


By ckacka
Absolutely spellbinding. Chris Cooper deserves an Oscar. I will definitely see this again and again and add it to my permanent DVD collection....

Into the Breach

By BigHouse
Great performance by Chris Cooper and an incredible and tragic story. The movie is actually very true to the real story, according to what I've read on the web. It's a little slow at times, but...


By BigBob660
Based on the true story about deceit and lies revolving around a gready American. FBI Agent thinks he is good at concealing his actions which have killed undercover agents in foreign countries and...

The Breach

By aqua
Film kept you engrossed from open to close, in good part due to Chris Cooper's usual fine performance. Also left you anxious to learn more about Robert Hanssen -- background, why he was originally...

Good - go see it...

By craziaboutmovies
Was expecting a little more suspense...Excellent acting-Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillipe & Laura Linney....

Excellently done and acted

By flipalka
The actors were all excellent, but Chris Cooper was superb - playing as usual a rather wierd character. Even though you know the outcome, it's quite suspenseful getting there....

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Rated PG-13 | For violence, sexual content and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ True-life FBI tale mixes drama and thrills.
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