Breach

Breach

Breach
A thriller inspired by the true story of the greatest security breach in US intelligence history.

FBI rookie Eric O'Neill (Phillipe) is assigned to work with renowned operative Robert Hanssen (Cooper), the sole-subject of a long-term top-secret investigation. Determined to draw this suspected double-agent out of deep cover, Eric finds himself in a lethal game of spy vs. spy with his own boss.
2007Rating: M, contains low level offensive language110 minsUSA
DramaThrillerTrue Story & Biography
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Compelling

A compelling retel of a true FBI breach. Real names etc. Starts a bit bit slowly, but worth the watch.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Just as somber as "The Good Shepherd," the most recent domestic spy drama, but more tightly focused, Breach absorbingly zeroes in on how the FBI nailed the most damaging turncoat in American history...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

In this film, everything comes down to the acting. Chris Cooper, one of our finest screen actors, gets inside the mysterious traitor. Ryan Phillippe has just the right gung-ho determination tempered with a touch of naivete as O'Neill. Meanwhile, Laura Linney nails the role of a career agent...

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Hanssen is such an enigma that any attempt to explain him has inherent interest. Breach expends too much energy on a minor functionary, but it is still worth seeing for its fleeting looks into a heart of darkness...

Newshub

Newshub

press

The performances and the pace are perfect... bringing an enthralling and authentic intensity to an already compelling story...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Filled with tension, deception and bravura acting, Breach is a crackling tale of real-life espionage that doubles as a compelling psychological drama...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The true story is compelling, and outstanding performances by Cooper and Linney carry this psychological spy movie...

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Those seeking some kind of neat explanation and straightforward exposition will be frustrated by Ray's focus on character ahead of postulation, but like David Fincher's excellent Zodiac, this is yet more proof that the best thrillers don't always have all the answers...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Just as somber as "The Good Shepherd," the most recent domestic spy drama, but more tightly focused, Breach absorbingly zeroes in on how the FBI nailed the most damaging turncoat in American history...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

In this film, everything comes down to the acting. Chris Cooper, one of our finest screen actors, gets inside the mysterious traitor. Ryan Phillippe has just the right gung-ho determination tempered with a touch of naivete as O'Neill. Meanwhile, Laura Linney nails the role of a career agent...

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Hanssen is such an enigma that any attempt to explain him has inherent interest. Breach expends too much energy on a minor functionary, but it is still worth seeing for its fleeting looks into a heart of darkness...

Newshub

Newshub

press

The performances and the pace are perfect... bringing an enthralling and authentic intensity to an already compelling story...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Filled with tension, deception and bravura acting, Breach is a crackling tale of real-life espionage that doubles as a compelling psychological drama...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The true story is compelling, and outstanding performances by Cooper and Linney carry this psychological spy movie...

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Those seeking some kind of neat explanation and straightforward exposition will be frustrated by Ray's focus on character ahead of postulation, but like David Fincher's excellent Zodiac, this is yet more proof that the best thrillers don't always have all the answers...

4.0

Compelling

A compelling retel of a true FBI breach. Real names etc. Starts a bit bit slowly, but worth the watch.

4.0