The Bourne Legacy Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

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