“Haphazard Flat And Wandering Bourneless Film”
“Essentially Plotless Disappointment”
“He's Treadstone Without The Inconsistencies.”
“Its Hard To Bite Into, Its Hard To Digest, It Feels Wrong In Our System, Its Neither Nice To Look At Or Smells Good, Whilst Cooking Up And Rising In The Oven (publicity-teasers-) Neither Looking Appeasing But Crucially It Could Result In Being Bad!”
“You Were Given A Ferrari...And Your People Treated It Like A Lawnmower”
“Groundbreaking Incompetence In Movie History”
“With A Fresh New Lead And A High Powered Story. The Bourne Legacy Comes On Strong But Really Packs A Punch. Its Star Jeremey Renner Truly Moves With The Material While Also Being Well Casted And Breaths More Life Into This Already Established Franchise.”
“It Was Like They Were Trying To Force A Round Peg Into A Squre Hole With This Story And Film.”
“It's Deja Vu All Over Again.”
“Bourne Bourders On Bourdom.”
It's deja vu all over again.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Gilroy, who as a screenwriter has shaped the movie saga from the beginning, trades the wired rhythms established in the past two episodes by Paul Greengrass for something more realistic and closer to the ground. The change is refreshing.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
By the time Rachel Weisz, as a scientist called Dr. Marta Shearing, showed up in a lab coat, I stopped trying to parse every plot twist and just went with the action flow.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Despite its muddled origins, this fourth movie is much more of a bang and less of a whimper than any of us feared, and Jeremy Renner is emerging as the intelligent person's action star.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
A brisk and challenging film.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Gilroy has brought characteristic taste and skill to a nearly impossible task: embracing the past without completely erasing it, thereby creating an invitingly complicated and open-ended future.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
The best thing that can be said about "The Bourne Legacy" is that Renner will survive it.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The Bourne films have more than just overstayed their welcome and outlasted the Ludlum books -- they've been Van Halenized, with an abrupt change of frontman and a resulting dip in personality.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
He won't erase any memories of Damon, but Renner's turn is strong enough to stand on its own.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Can a Bourne-again movie succeed without Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, without Bourne himself, and without a Robert Ludlum book as the production's turn-by-turn guide? Yes, it can.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Gilroy has been around the franchise from the start, and he finds a satisfying medium between the previous directors' disparate styles, the cool jazz tones of Doug Liman and the shaky-cam faux-documentary approach of Paul Greengrass.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Renner and Weisz work well together as two hunted souls who initially need each other for utilitarian reasons.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
...there are excellent performances and a few really first-rate suspense-set pieces...
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The new movie continues the Bourne tradition of exciting, reality-based thrillers, but when the series lost its star it lost most of its soul.
David Denby - New Yorker
"The Bourne Legacy" is always gripping in the moment. The problem is in getting the moments to add up.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Narratively it's a pretzel, half-baked.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
A momentum-driven thriller that depends less on star power than on epic action sequences.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
"The Bourne Legacy" makes the most of its inheritance and sets the stage for a long, rich genealogy to come.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Gilroy keeps the Bourne mythology firmly intact while moving it forward, and leaves the door open for just about anything in the future.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Taken on its own terms, "The Bourne Legacy" is a pretty good action thriller.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Subbing character actor Jeremy Renner into a franchise that requires Matt Damon-caliber magnetism, series scribe Tony Gilroy takes over the helming duties with an overlong sequel that features too little action and an unnecessarily complicated plot.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Renner and the audience deserve better.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Gilroy's a fine writer - he also penned Michael Clayton - but without the discipline of an action veteran like Greengrass to rein him in, he indulges his weakness to over-explain things.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
One analyst spits out that "he's Treadstone without the inconsistencies." It seems that Legacy is Bourne with some added in.
William Goss - Film.com
(Renner) has the required intensity and physicality to make his character-a highly-trained, genetically enhanced undercover agent-completely believable.
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
Bourne fans will find much to enjoy about The Bourne Legacy, even if they are forced to do without the title character.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
"The Bourne Legacy" is a lean, clean killing machine that supplies some dark, late-summer thrills and chills and breathes new life into a seemingly extinct franchise.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The movie's last hour or so squanders these rich narrative possibilities in an incoherently plotted, generically action-packed anticlimax.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The Bourne Legacy is one of Alfred Hitchcock's "refrigerator movies," in that it succeeds pretty well "in the moment" but starts to fall apart when considered in retrospect.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The series's legacy is lessened by this capable but uninspired fourth episode.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Structurally, yes, it's loaded with all the lies, schemes and high-tech trickery that are staples of the espionage genre. But a deeper, more individualistic source of tension propels the film along.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The overall tone is familiar, refried, redundant.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The Bourne Legacy is dwarfed by the three smash Bourne movies that preceded it. But for summer movie night escapsim, you could do worse.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Complex, unexpected and dazzling, alternating relentless tension with resonant emotional moments, this is an exemplary espionage thriller that has a strong sense of what it wants to accomplish and how best to get there.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Legacy intact! Bourne Legacy ensures we've not seen the end of the franchise just yet.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
Renner's Cross isn't as compelling a protagonist as Damon's troubled Bourne, but when it comes to bruising combat he certainly delivers.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Unless America is really that stuck on Matt Damon in the Bourne franchise, I see no reason that Renner's work here shouldn't make him a star.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Semi-successful revamp uses Bourne's name
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
It couldn't ever hope to match the Paul Greengrass/Matt Damon movies for sheer punch and propulsion, but it's as close to replicating them as you could expect, and marks another excellent entry into the Bourneography.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Nicely overlaps the previous films while carving a name of its own
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
'The Bourne Legacy' is by no means a bad film. Unfortunately, it just has trouble living up to the real world Jason Bourne 'legacy.'
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
There's a lot to like about The Bourne Legacy, but it's hard not to feel a little worried that the rich complexity of Ludlum's past work might be lost in the transition-and that's a legacy that really needs to be upheld.
Patrick Kolan - Shotgun Critic
... all middle with no beginning -- and, of course, no end, so the franchise can go on.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
"The Bourne Legacy" may not be the thriller the first three films managed to be. But, it's well written and very entertaining. Renner has become one of my favorite action stars.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
The Bourne Legacy is the strangest sequel to come out of the Hollywood studio system in a long, long time. It's a product of shallow studio greed and staggering creative ineptitude.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
Though the weakest of the series, "The Bourne Legacy" is not a throw-away action film. It's one of the best thrillers of the year and a sure bet on the future success of the "Bourne" franchise.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
If you can survive the first hour's complexities - you'll need to focus hard on the narrative to keep up - a pay-off, of sorts, awaits.
Ed Gibbs - The National
Renner and Weisz make an entertaining action-movie odd couple, the terse man of action and the chatty scientist who learns fast how to react when the shooting starts.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
It's watchable, but doesn't have enough sense of character or purpose to make us care about anything that happens
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It's not Renner's fault the script is a heap of dung.
Erick Weber - New England Cable News