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...

Understated spy movie

By laszlosantha
I liked a lot the movie, Breach. Chris Cooper is one of my favorite actors, who is highly underrated. The story of the most dangerous spy was presented a non-sensationalistic, not overblown way. ...


By hbeady
Solid movie. For those interested in the CIA, FBI or the intelligence community, a "must go." Chris Cooper is excellent and provides real insight into the mind of a spy....

excellent and short

By shashirao
Wonderfully woven and had to be followedf closely. Did not see the significance of the Catholic religion playing in the motives of the spy, except perhaps to seek absolution for his terrible crime. I...


By haveticket_willwatch
Intense and captivating. Chris Cooper has a gray countenance with an overbearing backwater manner and slit-eyed paranoia. Our hero played by Ryan Phillipe is less compelling. Before or after...

Nothing happens, but see it anyway

By VeryPickyViewer
This movie kept me engaged the whole time. Chris Cooper does a masterful job playing Robert Hansen. Ryan Phillippe's performance is fine. It didn't blow me away, but it didn't take me out of it...

Good movie

By gemdy
Good movie with solid plot. A little slow at times (could some more action), but generally a good movie....

Worth Seeing

By parttime_critic
This movie is definitely worth seeing, just to get a glimpse of the security workings of our country. At times the pace is a bit slow and the depiction of the Hanssen's flaws are a bit over the top....

The best movie so far of 2007

By raterunlimited
This movie is a brilliant insight into American Espionage. It's a real thriller with a nail biting finish; Robert Hansen is of course the main subject of the film. Glad that someone has made such a...

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