The Bourne Ultimatum Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

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