91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Renner's Cross is a conflicted hero built to take advantage of the "Hurt Locker" star's best qualities as an actor - his default intensity, the way he conveys that complicated mental calculations are taking place under cover of watchful stillness, even underwater.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's smart, it's exhilarating, and Gilroy's depiction of a high-tech world where our every move is captured by surveillance cams and Big Brother-types deploying the latest spyware feels authentic, and troubling.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This latest Bourne doesn't send adrenaline surging the way "Ultimatum" did, but it's still a tense, well-acted thrill ride.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A solid success, primarily though not entirely because of Jeremy Renner. He's a star worthy of the term as Aaron Cross, another haunted operative who, like Jason Bourne, is as much a victim of the government's dirty deeds as a covert super-agent. But the production is impressive too.
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65

Movieline

Like much of the movie, Norton's presence has a patient, diligent quality to it, as if what's on screen is just a slog to get through before some promised fun in the next installment.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Gilroy stages two riveting shootouts involving Marta at work and home. And there's a killer chase scene in Manila as the bad guys try to knock Aaron and Marta off their speeding motorcycle. It's all sound and fury signifying nothing except a desperate need to feed a franchise.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The best thing that can be said about The Bourne Legacy is that Renner will survive it.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The introduction isn't as smooth as it could be, but eventually everyone settles into the right groove.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The same tone and look are maintained, but the visceral excitement is muffled by familiarity, an insufficiently conceived lead character and the sheer weight of backstory and multiple layers of deception.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The Bourne series ended with the last installment, and now comes a 135-minute death rattle called The Bourne Legacy. It's a peculiar movie, both over-plotted and under-plotted, encumbered by layers of detail and yet with no details invested in or developed.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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