The Bourne Ultimatum is a spectacular windup toy of a thriller -- a contraption made by an artist.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
For Jason Bourne, who rises and rises again in this fantastically kinetic, propulsive film, resurrection is the name of the game, just as it is for franchises.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Our hero is the ferocious but amnesiac CIA tough guy Jason Bourne played by Matt Damon, the contours of whose rock-hard pecs are traced by his drum-tight T-shirt. It's the role that turned this moon-faced boy into a man.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
His [Greengrass'] masterful direction of The Bourne Ultimatum makes this third installment unequivocally the summer's best 'threequel.' It also is easily the best action thriller of the year.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's frenetic to the point of crazy while achieving a mark that barely exceeds mediocre.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
The Bourne series makes for an unusual action franchise. All the movies are exhilarating, including the third installment, The Bourne Ultimatum, which opens tonight and leaves a bruise.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
[Ultimatum] flips the standard conspiracy thriller on its head. Greengrass gets there so deftly it's enough to make yours spin.
Nathan Lee - Village Voice
Bursts with so much amped-up energy, you may need to rest once it's finally done.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
I must have breathed during The Bourne Ultimatum because I didn't pass out in my seat -- but I'm sure those were bruises on my throat. Gripping? Yes.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
The Bourne Ultimatum leaps, scampers, scraps and drives its way into the pantheon of all-time great action movies.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
The first by Doug Liman was best, but the second and third by Greengrass come close because of a strict consistency in tone and talent.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
Fans of 24 will be amazed to find a hero who makes Jack Bauer seem like a study in sissydom.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
The material is formulaic, but, of all the current action franchises, this one is the most enjoyable.
David Denby - New Yorker
Ultimatum is a tribute to Bourne's determination, his driving skills, his intelligence in out-thinking his masters and especially his good luck.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A hell of a show.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Paul Greengrass has to keep it moving all the time, putting Matt Damon through endless car and foot chases and taking to a dizzying extreme his signature style of handheld camera, lurching zooms, whiplash pans, and second-to-second editing.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
This is a film about momentum, gravity, trajectory. It's a physics lesson wrapped up in an espionage thriller, and when director Greengrass yells 'Action!' he means it.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Here's hoping Damon is Bourne again.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insistent, ingenious and slammed full of five heart attacks worth of action, The Bourne Ultimatum may be the best conspiracy action-thriller ever made, a beautifully crafted mix of mayhem, well-earned paranoia and unlikely introspection.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Damon, however, is perfect. He doesn't say a lot, but he's able to suggest the turmoil and mistrust of a man with no memory.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
A knockout roller-coaster ride custom-made for adrenaline junkies, it's easily the savviest and most satisfying spy movie in years, besting both of its preceding Bournes -- Identity and Supremacy.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
The third and purportedly final installment in the mountingly exciting series is a pounding, pulsating thriller that provides an almost constant adrenaline surge for nearly two hours.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Not only far and away this summer's best three-peat, it's a pulse-pounding peak to Matt Damon's spy trilogy.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
This adrenaline-charged, bullet-riddled sprint from Moscow to New York is the best of the Bourne films, a politically-charged actioner with chases, brawls, shootouts and dry wit that never relies on one-liners.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
While Ultimatum may be the lesser of the three Jason Bourne movies, it is only so because the bar set by its predecessors was so uncommonly high.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Watching The Bourne Ultimatum is like being strapped to a vibrating bed set on high for two hours in a cheap motel.
Jonathan F. Richards - Film.com
This is a chase film, pushed to the fragmented limits of abstraction, that rattles and jolts and explodes like an intricately designed drum solo.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A great action movie, exhilarating and neatly crafted, the kind of picture that will still look good 20 or 30 years from now.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
When it comes to action, The Bourne Ultimatum trumps the summer's other offerings. While its stunts are no less preposterous than those in Live Free or Die Hard, what The Bourne Ultimatum offers is grittier and more visceral.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
It's a 114-minute chase film, dashing through streets and rooftops of any number of international urban sprawls with Matt Damon's redoubtable Jason Bourne hot on the trail of -- himself.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
It's so expertly crafted and the cast is so superb that The Bourne Ultimatum exceeds all expectations of the genre.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The battle is as long as it is ferocious, and in the audience I saw the movie with, nobody took a breath until it was over. Then they exhaled in a noise that exploded into a cheer.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
We've waited all summer for a wild ride to grab us with more than jolts. Now it's here. Hang on.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Damon lends an air of conscious integrity to the part, a quality of reflective introspection that acts as an amazingly effective ballast against the complete implausibility of his continued survival.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
You know, I used to think Matt Damon was kinda like a Streisand, but he's rocking the shit in this one.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Beneath the heart-racing action, Ultimatum strains to show how aggressive Bush-era tactics lead to our moral ruin.
Anthony Kaufman - Time Out Chicago
While the crunchy fights and unflagging pace ensure this delivers as genre spectacle, the muddy ethics also make for a pleasing contrast with standard-issue wham-bammery.
Ben Walters - Time Out
The third Bourne movie keeps us enthralled by tapping into the surveillance-induced paranoia of the CCTV era.
Nick Levine - Digital Spy
We need an action hero to fit the times. Someone confused. Jason Bourne.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
The Bourne Ultimatum is a thrilling and riveting action movie, played out on a global backdrop and a liberal political tone.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Greengrass comes full circle from the War on Terror film that bit its tongue to the popcorn flick that speaks volumes.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
The best action film so far this summer.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Um desfecho a altura do otimo padrao estabelecido pela trilogia, ainda surpreende gracas a uma inteligente estrutura que, brincando com a linha narrativa da serie, comprova o cuidadoso trabalho dos realizadores em sua concepcao.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The Bourne Ultimatum keeps the pedal to the floor and burns serious rubber.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
A significant achievement, held back but not much diminished by the unavoidable excesses of the genre.
Janos Gereben - Entertainment Insiders
two hours of powerful action and ultimate escapism
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Ultimatum isn't just the best film of the franchise - it's the best action film of 2007.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
As spy flicks go, The Bourne Ultimatum is the perfect chaser" to this successful series.
Tim Basham - Paste Magazine
It twists and turns without losing its footing, and its hero, an international man of mystery even to himself, is always ahead of the game, daring his would-be assailants - and the audience - to guess his next move. The trick is to try and keep up.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
The Bourne Ultimatum rencontre, et surpasse meme, haut la main les standards de qualite deja tres eleves fixes par ses predecesseurs.
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
Don't get me wrong, I love these films. But they really are just mindless action movies -- just done INCREDIBLY well.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Everything in The Bourne Ultimatum is faster, grittier and more brutal
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
Despite all the globe-trotting, the on location shooting combined with the gritty street-level acrobatics lend a palpable sense of reality and suspense.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
In this era of elaborate, futuristic anti-terrorist operations, it's apparently gadget accessorized couch potato sleuthing all the way.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
A trio of superb cat-and-mouse sequences ... more effectively pinpoint Bourne's psychological anxiety and confusion than Damon's robotic, one-note performance.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Como film de accion es excelente, pero todo sucede tan rapido y muchas cosas se resuelven de manera tan facil (...) que en definitiva solo interesa por su tenso y energico despliegue fisico.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Because the Bourne films haven't put up the blockbuster numbers that warrant Entertainment Weekly cover stories they aren't recognized for what they are - the smartest and most technically superb action films since Die Hard.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The adrenaline rush the film produces disguises a rather thin plotline, and helps the viewer overlook the nearly suffocating air of self-seriousness.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
o Greengrass aposafinizei ti diafora toy na koynas tin kamera gia na mi blepoyme ti (den) kaneis, kai toy na koynas tin kamera kai na niothoyme ti drasi sta miniggia
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
As badass as Bourne is, the film tends to forget it isn't Unbreakable.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
The fast-paced nature of action films doesn't augment the sometimes-cliched narrative.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
"The Bourne Ultimatum" is supreme entertainment.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
It is exhilarating, and when it is over, you just want to get right back in line to ride it again.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A direct rebuke of the pro-torture "24," arguing that torture isn't just cruel to the tortured, but to those who are asked to torture.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
It's the perfect way to close out such an incredible and influential franchise, period...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Not everything in these films is credible, but such a degree of surveillance seems highly plausible.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
As good as the first two films were, as well as they redefined the action espionage thriller, the third film falls victim to its own innovation.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Baby, he was Bourne to run.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
It's the property's most relentless thriller, but director Paul Greengrass' visual style almost ruins it.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
...a state of the art machine, all bumpy kineticism and raw knuckles
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Damon's involuntary flair for springing into an ***-whopping whirlwind is rivaled by his gift for staring into space and projecting smudged flashbacks onto his eyelids.
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
A multi-layered, multi-national thriller that delivers on every count, including raising issues of morality, which are at the heart of the film
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The fact that it's such a well-made film and wraps up the trilogy's loose ends with such style and fun is icing on the proverbial cake.
Stax - IGN Movies
If this really is the last we've seen of Jason Bourne, at least he can head off into retirement knowing that he's earned a well-deserved rest.
Ethan Alter - Giant Magazine
a satisfying conclusion...to this intelligent series
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
A pulse-pounding, brain-rattling thriller that redefines the action genre.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Unlike the implosions usually seen with the third go-round, director Paul Greengrass continues to up the ante for this wholly satisfying wrap-up to the saga.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
The Bourne Ultimatum gives you the satisfaction of seeing conventions fulfilled, then exceeded.
Stuart Klawans - Nation
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
It is a given that I would encourage you to see this one.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass deliver an action blockbuster with brawn and brains. Whether it's the final chapter or not remains to be seen.
Jamie Russell - Film4
A breathless and deliriously exhilarating summit.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
If it wasn't for the fact that the director, Paul Greengrass is more than capable in his most popular guise, and that the story itself has an edge, we might be longing for a bit of quiet between the insistent roar of it all.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
With "The Bourne Ultimatum", not only is it fast-paced, riveting, but it is probably the best action films to date that doesn't involved so much special effects.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Bourne is back - and he's better than ever before.
Dean Essner - Daily Mirror [UK]
Jaw-sagging action sequences, smart scripting and larynx-crushing martial arts. Injecting the spy thriller with true class, Greengrass and Damon leave behind a formidable legacy. What more can you ask for from a three-quel?
Dean Essner - Total Film
Streamlined, brisk and tight.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Top-class direction lifts ho-hum script.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
A rattling yarn exuberantly told, crunchingly violent but not too sadistic.
Martin Hoyle - Financial Times
British director Paul Greengrass shows here exactly how sequels should be done.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Is there a better action lead than Matt Damon as Jason Bourne? Not on this evidence.
Stuart McGurk - thelondonpaper
Incredible fights and chases, unbearable tension and breakneck pacing - just another day at the office for Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
There is nothing cheap about the bone-shattering beauty of his car smashes, or the pitch-perfect symphonies of shattering glass.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
A satisfying conclusion to an excellent trilogy, The Bourne Ultimatum is an exciting, intelligent and impeccably directed thriller.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Watching the mayhem, Nicky's stunned face mirrors yours. If Bourne's pitiless antics are entertaining, they're also often dreadful.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
the true subject of The Bourne Ultimatum is not Bourne's identity, but America's, post-9/11.
Anton Bitel - musicOMH.com
A heart-pounding, merciless thrill ride that will leave you gasping for breath.
Paul Arendt - BBC
...the exquisite consistency and thrill level of the Bourne trilogy continues to astonish and delight ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
It's escapism with some substance, and I actually enjoyed it the best of the three films.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Though quite labyrinthine and even complicated at times, Tony Gilroy and Scott Z. Burns' supercharged script is always smart and intricate, but never difficult to follow.
Frank Wilkins - Frank's Reel Reviews
There is lots of action and lots of cryptic espionage conversations.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
As a masterpiece of editing, camerawork, and multiple-perspective tension-building in the vein of Hitchcock and De Palma, it is testament to the range and depth of what multivaried thrills The Bourne Ultimatum has to offer.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Is this stylized action -- obscured by shaky camerawork and in-your-face edits -- really more exciting than the eye-popping stunts that unfold in real time in a cheesy martial-arts adventure like 'Ong-Bak'?
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
A wildly kinetic thrill-ride that manages to respect your intelligence with smart writing and fine performances while still jolting your adrenaline levels to unsurpassed heights with jaw-dropping action setpieces
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
An irresistible rush of action and suspense, The Bourne Ultimatum also shows that a hellacious action movie need not be mindless.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
...a moving and sometimes gut wrenching account of this latest holocaust. But, with so much focus on Iraq, this fine documentary may fall by the wayside.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
As the Moby song says, I would stand in line for this.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Best three-peat of the summer in a season filled with them.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
When it's not fast and furious, The Bourne Ultimatum settles for slick and noisy... and it's often hard to tell these two moods apart.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
More of the same, but who said there's anything wrong with that?
Mark Dujsik - UR Chicago Magazine
...one of the most exciting and thoroughly compelling thrillers to emerge in quite some time.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
One of the lengthy chase scenes is especially impressive and makes one wonder if Damon elected to forego a straight salary in order to be paid by the kilometer.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The movie's frantic pace gives you an adrenaline rush, but its cinematographic and editing style gives you a headache.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
With its first-rate acting, sharp screenplay, tight direction, and thrilling action, this is the most satisfying sequel of the season. It's also the best of the Bourne pictures.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
This film is less interested in good plot than it is in having long, drawn-out action chases of which there are entirely too many.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
...Damon takes all the mayhem in stride with square-jawed deadpan insouciance...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
I'm sure it's a good film, but I'm not convinced that it's quite within spitting distance of greatness.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Termine de belle facon une trilogie de thrillers pour adultes, des films d'action qui ne prennent pas les cinephiles pour des cons.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Thrillers this effective are often called "tight," and it's true that this picture doesn't waste a second.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
The payoff Bourne fans have been waiting for.
James Dyer - Empire Magazine
From the opening frame until the exciting finale, director Paul Greengrass hits the accelerator pedal and except for several pauses keeps this baby running at full throttle.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
The pouty stylings of Julia Stiles, whose cherubic face looks less at home in the spy biz than in the business of shooting arrows at would-be lovers.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
It has become a kind of standard in the spy action genre.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It says something about the Bourne series that it is cast with people one doesn't ordinarily associate with this kind of film.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The post-9-11 plotline is designed to question the CIA's rationalization of resorting to rendition and suspect interrogation tactics in the age of the Patriot Act. How much harrowing paranoia can you handle?
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Smart and sharp, crazy-fast-paced and great looking, The Bourne Ultimatum is popcorn with style and a brain - what James Bond once was and now aspires to become again.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
The Bourne movies are about pursuit and assault; they're perpetual-motion machines. As such, they entertain inside the moment but leave you with few leftovers.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A rousing travelogue of espionage.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
[A] masterpiece of breathless relentlessness, of spectacular yet lean-and-mean setpieces uncluttered by superfluous digressions or tangents...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
That rare threequel that stands up quite well to the movies that came before it, and it is easily one of the most satisfying action movies of the summer.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
It's the best action picture in decades, a two hour high-tech chase around the world that surpasses everything that's come before it including Oscar winning classics like 'The French Connection' and 'Bullitt'.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
Greengrass maintains the edgy energy he injected into part two to give us the summer's most intelligent, satisfying blockbuster.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
The espionage is great. Surveillance dodging scenes are more exciting than the most outrageous action sequences, and everyone talking in codes, testing each other and lying keeps the audience guessing.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Ludlum fans will surely cry foul that the filmmakers stripped the stories to bare bones -- and to be fair, they did -- but it makes for an entertaining movie nonetheless.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
This is what action movies are supposed to be.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Jason Bourne may or may not return, but it's hard to imagine another Bourne movie ever topping this one.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
If you do go to see this thinly scripted and very repetitive action film, bring your seasickness pills [because of the heavy use of the "shakycam"].
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
In many ways, it's no less stylish and no more substantive than Transformers. The only difference is that it assumes the audience is clever enough to keep up with it.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The action starts almost from the opening frame, with a rare breath of air in its lean 111 minutes for audiences to hit the restrooms without missing a good part.
Jeff Otto - cinemaobsession.com
Greengrass brings his documentarian's eye and handheld camera to give authenticity to chase scenes that are as exciting as anything John Frankenheimer or William Friedkin ever made.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
After a summer-movie season full of bloated running times, pointless explosions and convoluted plots, Jason Bourne has arrived to save the day.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Jason Bourne is a no-nonsense, calculating, thinking man's action hero and Matt Damon was born to play this part.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Greengrass gives audiences a contact high from his visual flair alone and proves that he's one of the more interesting and entertaining directors working today, no matter what the genre.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
"The Bourne Ultimatum" might have brought this saga to a classy and gratifying conclusion. It's hard to imagine how any further sequel could improve upon it.
Kurt Loder - MTV
A sit-up-straight action film. Jason Bourne's clenched-teeth exasperation and raw rage are, in part, our own, and they screech as loud as all the motorcar metal and metropolitan mayhem in 2007's best film so far.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Ultimatum tries to stir sympathy for its indestructible hero. But Jason Bourne has all the charm of a howitzer. He needs some time with the Harry Potter bunch.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Matt Damon gets his Bourne on again in this relentlessly smart and thrilling action masterpiece.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
The action never flags, but the story and the characters are shallow. This is glossy entertainment and nothing more.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
Tense yet invigorating, The Bourne Ultimatum presents a terrific argument for the nonstop-action summer movie. Even those rare moments when it slows down offer more excitement than other films' full-bore action scenes.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
It's the rare action picture whose adrenaline-driven thrills neither overshadow the characters nor degenerate into cartoonish preposterousness.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The third chapter in the globe-trotting -- more like globe-speeding, actually -- saga of Jason Bourne, a.k.a. the Spy With No Memory, is easily the best of the three.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
It's a pure-hearted action-packed frenetic chase film from reel to reel.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A smart thriller for smart audiences.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
Probably the best threequel of the summer, The Bourne Ultimatum keeps to the same seamlessly smart, hair-raising action of the first two installments.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
This is, hands down, the best action movie of the year so far.
Dave White - Movies.com
Jason Bourne, like the action-thriller movie franchise he fronts, has grown weary of the chase.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
If there's more Bourne to come, the standards have been set higher than ever.
Mike Barnard - Future Movies UK
Director Paul Greengrass depicts this constant hustle and bustle with great urgency, and the movie has such a caffeine-frenzy feel to it that it's possible not to notice that the plot has as many holes as Bourne's amnesia-stricken memory.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The Bourne Ultimatum is one of 2007's best action movies and more than lives up to expectations.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Director Paul Greengrass hasn't manufactured a sequel -- he's written code for a template all future Bonds, Ryans and whoever-the-hell-else will have to match or stumble and die trying.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
A minor miracle in a summer full of weak, perfunctory or downright lousy 'threequels'. It's a relentless finale to the Bourne movie trilogy that raises the stakes, pumps up the action and develops old characters while introducing new villains.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
As with any last acts, the inevitable clash between mystery solved and said truth's significance offers a sizeable challenge. Here, it creates a compelling and clever espionage thriller.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Bourne has gone the distance for three straight films… seals the achievement of a rare action franchise for thinking adults, combining gripping entertainment with an undercurrent of moral seriousness.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
There's unfortunately not necessarily reason to think that my own amalgam for the last two Bourne films - "arction," a halved blend of art and action - will catch on.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
[T]he antidote to bloated, stupid threequels and mindless junk food cinema. Bourne isn't just the best action movie of the summer, it's one of the best movies of the year.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Greengrass is a talented filmmaker with a documentary background and a knack for getting at the immediacy of events. With The Bourne Ultimatum, he hits the ground running and just never stops.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Hard to believe, but director Paul Greengrass has made this installment more nail bitingly frantic than ever.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Not only an improvement over its very fine predecessors -- it's easily one of the best movies of the year.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
We know Bourne is more or less the baddest dude on the planet, and could probably take on Col. Guile, Sub-Zero, and Liquid Snake at the same time, but maybe enough is enough.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
There's something unusual about Matt Damon's spy thrillers built around the exploits of the amnesia-addled Jason Bourne: Each film in the series has actually been better than its predecessor...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
In a year where three has hardly been a charm in terms of movie franchises, "The Bourne Ultimatum" sticks out as the most exciting, intelligent and enjoyable thriller of the season.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
The Bourne Ultimatum slips into high gear practically with its first shot, and after that you're hooked.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The original zing of the first film is back -- and in many ways is even better.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Few films combine a dense and tingling atmosphere with the headlong pacing and adventure of The Bourne Ultimatum.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Here, as in that other new-style spy movie Casino Royale, everything is hard and fast and brutal and, above all, straight-faced. No throwaway lines, no puns.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who's been around the block with Bourne on the first two pictures, juggles all of this to-ing and fro-ing with admirable precision.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
The way that Bourne gets from one place to another with such speed and no obvious source of money makes me wish he was my travel agent.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
One more demonstration of the rule that the third episode of a movie cycle is its worst.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Faster and, if possible, furiouser than its predecessors.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Moves relentlessly, intelligently forward, as everything extraneous gets chucked over the side ... the picture thrums with an unbelievable amount of energy.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
We're unsure if there's to be a fourth film in the franchise; but if there's not, Jason Bourne's going out in real style.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Ultimatum is as lean, efficient, and ruthless as Bourne himself.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Although the picture doesn't really do much except run and jump and punch and explode, it does all those things extremely well, and is viscerally very exciting.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A witty, relentlessly paced thriller with one of the year's classiest supporting casts.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
From a purely visceral standpoint, The Bourne Ultimatum may be the clincher for fans who want a literal two-hour chase film.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
A skillfully executed work stripped of drama but saturated in tension.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's The Manchurian Candidate, but Raymond Shaw has hypnotized himself and the evil government looking to overthrow life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness is ours.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Unlike most summer movies, it demands that the audience keep up, and only occasionally stoops to over-explaining when things get too obtuse.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The Bourne Ultimatum hits the ground running -- quite literally. The film begins with an exciting foot-chase scene and doesn't let up.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A thoughtful, superior action movie.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
More fully develops the strain that was glossed over in the previous movie, i.e. the exploration of morality.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Solid but not overwhelming. If another sequel does happen to be made in the future, Jason could afford to be given a little more meat and complexity.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Greengrass somehow manages to keep the pace aerobically snappy for almost two hours, never letting it lag.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
It's all too easy to see that the filmmakers and Damon are coasting when they could be soaring.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Damon's minimalist style is key to why the Bourne movies have become an oasis from other blockbuster action fare; freed from the bells and whistles of computer-generated effects...and they've succeeded in bringing the genre back down to earth.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
I don't know that if an action film can, in fact, be art -- but I do know that The Bourne Ultimatum has stuck with me, and will stick with me, in ways that will linger for a while.
James Rocchi - Cinematical
This movie has no pretence of being about anything but the action scenes. Fortunately, the action scenes are choice.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The Bourne movies continue to defy all the rules of sequel logic, each somehow surpassing its predecessor despite being essentially the same movie, with many recurring characters, plots and settings.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
For once, I didn't feel cheated by an unresolved ending, but let's hope this is the end. Robert Ludlum wrote three Bourne novels, and this is one series that ought not to be dishonored by inferior sequels.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Summer's prime noisemaker, with twice the adrenaline of Live Free or Die Hard and more crushed metal than Transformers.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Will someone get this man a steadicam?
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
From that first moment to the last of this peerlessly mounted action thriller, the chase never stops. Bourne's nerve never falters, or that of director Paul Greengrass, either.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
The propulsive strength of Paul Greengrass' direction and the intensity of the non-stop chases usher you past any questions into a new reason to cheer.
Cole Haddon - Orlando Weekly
Predicated on finally delivering answers we basically already know...and cornered into bigger and better variations on the same basic action tropes, The Bourne Ultimatum turns out to be: be pretty damn exciting or get off the stage.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Jason Bourne is reborn in Bourne Ultimatum and it proves that sometimes the third time is a charm.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
The Bourne Ultimatum is the decisive capper on one of the rare series that will surely get better with time even as we hope to one day look upon its own themes with relic status.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Another potent PowerBar of a movie, all protein and no fat. I sat there transfixed and chuckling with joy as Greengrass let. Her. Rip.
Kyle Smith - KyleSmithOnline.com
Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon team up again in this third - and final? - installment of the reliably thrilling but increasingly repetitious Bourne series.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
An action-thriller that doesn't understand the meaning of pause. Pause has cooties as far as this production is concerned.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
Paul Greengrass does it again! ...lots of action, good-looking people, despicable bad guys, and intensity that never lets up,...
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
...a whip-smart rollercoaster ride of bullets and baddies.
Staci Layne Wilson - Buzzine Magazine
There hasn't been filmic eruption of bombast that uses this much physicality since the closing scenes of last year's Children of Men.
Eric Kohn - New York Press
Like the other two, Ultimatum has little problem working up a frantic pace & maintaining it. However, Ultimatum has other problems that make it the least effective Bourne.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
This dazzling third act brings answers to amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne...but not, of course, until he's crossed enough ethical and international borders to go down to Hell on frequent-flyer miles.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
A lone man outfoxing (and outboxing) whatever is thrown at him by the most powerful spy agency in the world is irresistible drama.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Should be one of the best action films of the summer, but the director is so enamored with his hand-held camera technique that the film becomes difficult to endure.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
It's no small feat getting to the third movie in a series and still managing to create something watchable. More remarkable still -- unprecedented, really -- is making a movie that's actually better than its predecessors.
Josh Rosenblatt - Austin Chronicle
This is Bond stripped of any glamour, but just as dazzling, as Bourne, without any of those nifty Bond gadgets, improvises with what is at hand, at one point, turning even a hardcover book into a lethal weapon
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
You don't want to mess with Jason Bourne. Guy's as lethal as Chinese wheat gluten.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
As propulsive and nerve-jangling as any action flick I've ever seen...but what's most interesting is the harsh moral severity Greengrass has imposed on this series.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Greengrass's latest plops on the screen with lots of hi-fi energy but, strangely, very little feeling.
Paul Schrodt - Slant Magazine
Matt Damon's terrific in this movie.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
[Delivers] plenty of slam-bang, real-world action set across a sprawling variety of locations.
Brent Simon - Screen International
It's bravura filmmaking in the jittery, handheld, frenetically edited Paul Greengrass style.
David Ansen - Newsweek
Perhaps the strongest in the escapist espionage series.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
A full-throttle action thriller that's the culmination of a smashing trilogy.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
The leanest and most exciting of the series yet, a chase movie of breathtaking purity.
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Successfully caps off a trilogy of intelligent, adrenaline-fueled espionage thrillers that raised the bar for the genre and made an action hero out of Matt Damon.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Canny dialogue, solid performances, and virtuoso editing and scoring make "The Bourne Ultimatum" a thrill ride you won't soon forget.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
He doesn't talk, eat or sleep and goes around the world on a fake passport and ten bucks! He beats a guy to death. It's non-stop excitement.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
The best movie of the summer and probably the best action movie of the year.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Incredible, almost nonstop action, replaces the demands of plot, character, explanations, and downtime. That's not necessarily a bad thing, depending on your expectations.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Finally a movie for adults: Easily the most intelligent, mature, and exciting Hollywood picture this summer, boasting a shining turn from Matt Damon as the coolest (anti) hero around.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The cat-and-mouse sequences in this film are revelatory -- they're why we go to the movies in the first place.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York