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The Bourne Ultimatum

action & adventure, drama

Academy Award®-winner Matt Damon returns as the trained assassin Jason Bourne in the third explosive installment of this smash hit espionage thriller series.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

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

Excellent, smart spy thriller for mature teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Bourne Ultimatum features wall-to-wall action, much of it violent, causing repeated, bloody injuries to Bourne. The film includes car chases and crashes, explosions, fights, falls from great heights, smashes through windows, and murders (hand-to-hand, by gunfire), as well as images of dead bodies. The plot involves high tech surveillance and a dastardly, secret CIA program, and the hero comes to distrust his (U.S.) government (that said, Senate hearings at film's end lead to arrests of "rogue agents"). Language includes "s--t," "damn," and "hell."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Bourne's sense of betrayal: How does he come to see himself as a tool, created and used by the CIA, and how does his moral sense lead him to challenge his "employers"?
  • Why might it be significant that Bourne is helped by the two women agents, who both question their boss' efforts to cover up the secret program?
  • How does Bourne's amnesia make him different from most other, very self-secure action heroes?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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, Friday, August 3, 2007

Fresh: 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, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fresh: 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, Thursday, August 2, 2007

Audience Reviews

3 stars

saw this one too

- brooklynspo, Sunday, June 8, 2008

4 stars

It allows itself to be a lot more fun than the Supremacy, but it lacks a truly powerful villain that would allow Jason Bourne to truly break free. Aside from that it's really entertaining and more like the first one in terms of style, but doesn't quite get there 100%. This has a lot of great realistic action and solidifies the series as an important part of American Cinema. Matt Damon is a perfect hero, both troubled and genuinely good. It manages to be smart, good looking and entertaining all in one.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, October 5, 2010

4 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Friday, July 23, 2010