New James Bourne Movie Got Mixed Reviews From Top Critics
New James Bourne movie got mixed reviews from top critics. Universal Pictures released their new hardcore action flick, “James Bourne,” into theaters today, July 29th, 2016, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It got a mixed bag from them with an overall 59 score out of a possible 100 across 47 critic reviews at Metacritic.com.
The movie stars: Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Matt Damon, Riz Ahmed, Tommy Lee Jones and Vincent Cassel. We’ve added comments from a few of the critics, below.
Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a perfect 100 score, saying: “Made with a palpable sense of urgency, this tense, propulsive motion picture is a model of what mainstream entertainment can be like when everything goes right.”
Robert Abele over at TheWrap, gave it a 95 grade. He stated: “This fourth entry after a nine-year break for Damon and Greengrass should represent, for those ready and able to separate popcorn mayhem from the grim realities of world headlines, a bruising and exhilarating ride.”
Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it an 88 score, stating: “Through it all, Damon keeps us glued to the war going on inside Bourne’s head. It’s a brilliantly implosive performance; he owns the role and the movie. It’s a tense, twisty mindbender anchored by something no computer can generate: soul.”
Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 score. He said: “Jason Bourne is the best action thriller of the year so far, with a half-dozen terrific chase sequences and fight scenes.”
Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly, gave it an 83 grade. He stated: “Director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, United 93) has always had a taste for the topical and political, and his third Bourne outing augments the usual truth-and-justice talking points with a strenuously current nod to digital privacy issues via a Zuckerberg-like social-media mogul (Riz Ahmed).
If anything, he underplays those assets, shorting deeper story development for exotic zip codes, bang-up fisticuffs, and adrenalized chase scenes.”
Peter Debruge from Variety, gave it an 80 score, claiming: “This explosive reunion between Damon and director Paul Greengrass further reveals key secrets about Bourne’s origins, bringing its lethal protagonist as close as he’s ever likely to get to total recall.”
Michael Phillips over at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 75 score, saying: “At its best Jason Bourne crackles with professionalism; at its worst, it’s rehashing greatest hits (as in, “assassinations”) from earlier films, with a lavish budget.”
Todd McCarthy over at the Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 grade, stating: “Up until a narratively implausible and logistically ridiculous climactic motorcycle chase through Vegas that feels like a sop to the Fast & Furious crowd, Jason Bourne is an engrossing re-immersion in the violent and mysterious world of Matt Damon’s shadowy secret op.”
Kyle Smith from the New York Post, gave it a 63 score, stating: ” I love the series, but Jason Bourne is the worst of the five.”
Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 score, saying: “It exists for no other reason than that people like Matt Damon, they like him as this character, and the producers know audiences are willing to see more of him.”
A.O. Scott from The New York Times, gave it a 60 grade. He said: “The tedium, I would argue, is not incidental but essential, because this is not really a spy thriller or even a foot-chase and fist-fight-driven action movie, but rather a somber meditation on the crisis of the Gen-X professional in the throes of middle age.”
Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “When it’s over, even viewers more eager to forgive this failed creative reunion will wonder what it is that they just watched, and what purpose it serves other than financial. And why no one figured out a new, engaging way to tell a story that’s already been told.”
Michael O’Sullivan from the Washington Post, gave it a 50 grade, stating: “Jason Bourne belongs to Damon and Greengrass, whose admirable — and entirely appropriate — goal of playing it for kicks comes across, this time around, as an oddly joyless chore.”
Brian Truitt over at USA Today, gave it a 50 score. He said: “The movie is a by-the-numbers action film that’s not nearly as strong as its Damon-led predecessors.”
Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 40 score, saying: “Bourne used to be an anguished amnesiac. Now he remembers who he is, but this fourth episode of the franchise forgot to make him human.”
Stephen Whitty from the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 score. He said: “Once the story drags Bourne out of retirement, it’s just a bunch of fights and chase scenes, only occasionally interrupted by a few lines of dialogue.”
Lastly, Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 25 score. He stated: “The character motivations are weak, and the story is poorly structured. But its camera work, possibly intended to distract audiences from the movie’s flaws, only compounds its problems. It distances the audience and makes Jason Bourne a chore to sit through.” Stay tuned.Did You Enjoy this Post? Subscribe to Hollywood Hills on Facebook, Twitter, & Email