'The Bourne Legacy' Critic Reviews

78%
MovieWeb:   10 reviews
56%
Rotten Tomatoes:   211 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    60
    It's deja vu all over again.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    A brisk and challenging film.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    The best thing that can be said about "The Bourne Legacy" is that Renner will survive it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Atkinson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    He won't erase any memories of Damon, but Renner's turn is strong enough to stand on its own.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    84
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Renner and Weisz work well together as two hunted souls who initially need each other for utilitarian reasons.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    ...there are excellent performances and a few really first-rate suspense-set pieces...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    "The Bourne Legacy" is always gripping in the moment. The problem is in getting the moments to add up.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Narratively it's a pretzel, half-baked.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    A momentum-driven thriller that depends less on star power than on epic action sequences.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    "The Bourne Legacy" makes the most of its inheritance and sets the stage for a long, rich genealogy to come.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    Gilroy keeps the Bourne mythology firmly intact while moving it forward, and leaves the door open for just about anything in the future.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    Taken on its own terms, "The Bourne Legacy" is a pretty good action thriller.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    Renner and the audience deserve better.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    One analyst spits out that "he's Treadstone without the inconsistencies." It seems that Legacy is Bourne with some added in.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Leonard Maltin indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    (Renner) has the required intensity and physicality to make his character-a highly-trained, genetically enhanced undercover agent-completely believable.
    Full Review » 2 years ago