The Bourne Identity Synopsis
An amnesiac (Matt Damon) with a dangerous past dodges assassins.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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38

Boston Globe

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

By Ghostmarine216
this is an awesome and cool action film!!!...

love the Bourne Series!

By mariaDango
I read the book and the movie was equally impressive! I've seen all the Bourne Series but the Bourne Legacy was a bit different - not as fast paced as its predecessors....

perfect

By ballack
that movie is perfect and owesome!!!!!!!!!!matt damon played his role very very nice!!!!!!!!! if you do not see this movie you must definetly see that!!!!!!!!!!!!...

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By glxy
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By hungergames42
I love Bourne probably more than anything....

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The Bourne Identity

By itsafact
A really great movie, you have to see it; if you love action and adventure, then this movie might be for you....

Five Word Review

By critcallyme
stay-in-your-seat action-packed corrupt-government assassin story...

The Bourne Identity

By ironman15
this was a pretty good movie. defiantly not the best action movie, but still good. Matt Damon was pretty good,and also Brian Cox was to. but Franka Potente was very bad. her dialogue was bad. some...

Superb Action & Intrigue Movie

By Uncle-Film
Best of Hollywood action special effects combined with intrigue and a marvelous web of self discovery. Matt Damon plays the lead character in the role of Jason Bourne. A trained deep cover assassin...

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Rated PG-13 | For Violence and Some Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Violent but thrilling first of the Bourne action trilogy.
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