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The Bourne Identity

action & adventure, thrillers

Academy Award Winner Matt Damon stars in this explosive, action-packed hit filled with incredible fight sequences.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Violent but thrilling first of the Bourne action trilogy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this thrilling action movie is packed with violence, including machine gun fights, intense hand-to-hand combat, a stabbing, and several glimpses of dead bodies with bullet holes or other wounds. Several scenes are packed with tension as the main characters evade police or other threats. Some angry confrontations turn violent. In one scene a character uses a dead body as a shield and a cushion for a long fall. The main characters embrace and kiss passionately in one scene without wearing shirts, though no nudity is shown. Language is strong, but not constant and includes "f--k," "bulls--t," and "Goddamn."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the violence in the movie. What was unique about the fighting style in this movie? Did it seem more or less violent than what you've seen in other films? Do you think Matt Damon's movements were exaggerated by special effects? How did seeing people killed affect you? How would those feelings be different if you witnessed these things in real life?
  • Talk about the government's role in political violence. How is it portrayed in the film, and do you think it's realistic? Do you think there really are agents like Bourne out in the world?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: You may be surprised by the fact that this formula spy thriller has been delivered with a matter-of-fact efficiency that proves highly entertaining.

- Beth Accomando,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: "The Bourne Identity" is a well-written action spy film that stays true to its espionage thriller genre while inflicting flinch-inducing moments of pure cinematic action.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: This is a long sweet breath of fresh air in the action genre, a genre I'm admittedly very tired of, and I welcomed this change of pace with an action film that has an actual plot.

- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Thursday, April 29, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Definitely what I consider to be the best and most interesting of the three, it's just such a great story and execution. This is able to cover so much ground and have so many characters and subplots yet still feels grounded in reality and well-paced. It's unfair to call this the American James Bond, in no way does Jason Bourne want to be a killer or a spy. He really just wants to be left alone. So in that respect, this works so well as an action mystery; a genre that doesn't have many to its name. Doug Liman directs this movie flawlessly and brings class to what could have been a simple shoot 'em up or hokey thriller. Matt Damon also contributes to the legitimacy, as does the rest of the cast. This is such a rare find, a popular movie that actually delivers ten fold.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, September 9, 2010

4 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3 stars

A good action flick. Watch Jason Bourne find out who he is, driving fast cars, killing bad guys, finding a love interest in just 90 minutes! Lotta killing though

- Redlats, Sunday, July 11, 2010