The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Identity (2002)

The best-selling suspense novel by late author Robert Ludlum comes to the screen for a second time, following a 1988 made-for-TV movie. Matt Damon stars as Jason Bourne, a barely alive amnesiac with a pair of bullet wounds in his back,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 14, 2002
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Expertly blending genre formula with bursts of unexpected wit, The Bourne Identity is an action thriller that delivers -- and then some.

Todd McCarthy

A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

A rollicking adventure yarn.

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Jess Lomas

Whether you consider it a smart thriller or a paint-by-numbers spy caper, The Bourne Identity is a dynamic interpretation of Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel.

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Time Out

Efficient set pieces come neatly spaced every ten to 15 minutes -- just often enough to keep you credulous -- and the trans-European settings lend a classy backdrop.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

The Bourne Identity is no mere summer amusement park ride. It's as gray as Go was colorful and a cool contrast to its source material.

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Sierra Filucci
Common Sense Media

Violent but thrilling first of the Bourne action trilogy.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Liman can uncork leap-out-of-your-seat shocks, draw out suspense scenes with malicious finesse and even ease a touch of romance and droll humor into the yarn.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Great fights. You wouldn't think of Damon as a tough guy, but he's worked really hard on the physical stuff here and it shows.

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Cole Smithey

"The Bourne Identity" is a well-written action spy film that stays true to its espionage thriller genre while inflicting flinch-inducing moments of pure cinematic action.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
The Bourne Identity is a clever action/thriller that is well blended in regards to the formulaic tone within the script. Matt Damon is impressive in Doug… More
danny d
the more i consider and watch this series, the more i like it. like bob dylan on rock and folk music, and die hard on action films of the 90's, this… More
xGary Xx
A fishing vessel rescues a bullet-riddled amnesiac from the ocean and upon reaching shore, he discovers that not only is he a world class ass kicker but nearly… More
Drake Tsui
Bourne is the American Bond. Not only is this film smart for the genre it's forced to work in, its protagonist has dimension, and the story? Just as… More
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KJ Proulx
As a man wakes up after being lost at sea, he has no memory of what his past has been that lead up to this moment. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) must search for his… More