88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
One of those rare thrillers where the cops aren't fools, villains don't turn stupid at crucial moments, and career assassins seldom miss targets.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Blisteringly fast, Bourne also has a strong or striking supporting actor around every corner: Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles and Clive Owen in roles that range from meaty to amazingly small.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The outcome is distinctive and entertaining. There's no way you'd mistake this for James Bond, and no reason you would want to.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Damon, starring in his first full-fledged action pic, brings a determined bearing and believability to the proceedings.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is not only entertaining but also refreshing, a shameless crowd-pleaser with a healthy cynicism about itself.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Thrillers have become so gnawingly generic that The Bourne Identity wakes the senses without leaning on cliché and soundtrack.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A skillful action movie about a plot that exists only to support a skillful action movie. The entire story is a set-up for the martial arts and chases. Because they are done well, because the movie is well-crafted and acted, we give it a pass. Too bad it's not about something.
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70

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Director Doug Liman -- the hip skipper of "Swingers" and "Go" -- makes all the familiar dirty business seem fun and almost human. In these dog days, Bourne earns what passes as high praise: It doesn't suck.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It has a few whispers of intrigue, but at the heart of The Bourne Identity lies a dispiriting paradox: The more that Jason Bourne learns about himself, the less arresting he seems.
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38

Boston Globe

The best audiences can hope for is that they, too, get amnesia and forget they ever saw this movie.
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68 out of 100
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