'The Bourne Ultimatum' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   23 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   238 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    The Bourne Ultimatum is a spectacular windup toy of a thriller -- a contraption made by an artist.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It's frenetic to the point of crazy while achieving a mark that barely exceeds mediocre.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Nathan Lee Village Voice (Top Critic)
    [Ultimatum] flips the standard conspiracy thriller on its head. Greengrass gets there so deftly it's enough to make yours spin.
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  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    88
    Bursts with so much amped-up energy, you may need to rest once it's finally done.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    92
    The Bourne Ultimatum leaps, scampers, scraps and drives its way into the pantheon of all-time great action movies.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Fans of 24 will be amazed to find a hero who makes Jack Bauer seem like a study in sissydom.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The material is formulaic, but, of all the current action franchises, this one is the most enjoyable.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Ultimatum is a tribute to Bourne's determination, his driving skills, his intelligence in out-thinking his masters and especially his good luck.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    A hell of a show.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    Here's hoping Damon is Bourne again.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Randy Cordova Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Not only far and away this summer's best three-peat, it's a pulse-pounding peak to Matt Damon's spy trilogy.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago