Body of Lies (2008)



Critic Consensus: Body of Lies relies on the performances of Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio to elevate it beyond the conventional espionage thriller.

Movie Info

Fresh off of their success with director Martin Scorsese's The Departed, star Leonardo DiCaprio and screenwriter William Monahan team with director Ridley Scott for this screen adaptation of David Ignatius' novel Body of Lies. When CIA operative Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) uncovers evidence indicating that a major terrorist leader may be operating out of Jordan, he enlists the aid of CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) in infiltrating the elusive saboteur's vast underground network. During the … More

Rating: R (for strong violence including some torture, and for language throughout)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Monahan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2009
Box Office: $39.4M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Roger Ferris

as Ed Hoffman

as Omar Sadiki

as Al-Saleem

as Aisha's Sister Cala

as Aisha's Nephew Rowle...

as Aisha's Nephew Youse...

as Zayed Ibishi

as Hoffman's Wife

as Hoffman's Son Timmy

as Hoffman's Daughter

as Ferris' Attorney

as Executioner

as Doctor at Qatar Mili...

as Hani's Wife

as Al-Saleem's Lieutena...

as Bassam's Wife

as Safe House Jihadist

as Taxi Driver - Syrian...

as Manchester News Repo...

as Manchester Bomber #1

as Manchester Bomber #2

as Manchester Bomber #3

as Amsterdam Bomber

as Japanese Tourist Hus...

as Japanese Tourist Wif...

as Medic in Helicopter

as Turkish Engineer/Exp...

as Al-Masri

as Soldier in Qatar

as Predator Room Captai...

as Predator Operator La...

as Predator Operator La...

as Soccer Mom

as Hani's Girlfriend in...

as Mustafa Karami

as Amman Clinic Doctor

as Predator Room Captai...

as Al-Saleem
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Critic Reviews for Body of Lies

All Critics (206) | Top Critics (48)

Perhaps Scott's ever-restless shooting style doesn't quite differentiate between the peaks and troughs of the narrative, yet it's still an engrossing account of the intersection between process and ethics.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

A compelling, nail-biting spy thriller.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

It has none of the sweep of, say, Syriana, as if that mattered to the audience it's gunning for.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

Russell Crowe has finally realised he's just an ordinary fat guy now, and taken a role he can accurately portray.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
What Culture

Body of Lies is an extremely well paced, tightly wound, and intensely violent thriller. There is no damnation or congratulations here. As Russell Crowe muses as the end: "No one is innocent"

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

...[Ridley] Scott's most entertaining and involving effort since 2001's Black Hawk Down.

Full Review… | February 21, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Body of Lies


C.I.A. operative Leonardo DiCaprio enlists the help of the Jordanian secret service to locate the leader of a terrorist cell responsible for bombings in Europe. Being a massive fan of Ridley Scott, I always have very high expectations for his films and this was no different. Unfortunately what you get is more James Bond than Syriana, the depth and insight into the political situation in the Middle East sorely lacking, the film underneath being more a straight cold war style espionage thriller. I did like the way it showed the parallel between DiCaprio's handler and the terrorist leader as two sides of the same coin; each arrogant egoists with no understanding of or respect for their adversary or their culture, using their "followers" as disposable pawns in their own little power games. It's certainly very solidly made, with decent performances, quality visuals and an intelligent plot, but as with Vietnam, I think we will have to wait til the conflict has ended before we see any truly worthwhile cinema about the subject, at least from Hollywood.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Leo is a CIA agent with a conscience, on the ground hunting for terrorists in the Middle East. Russell is his boss who works from Washington DC and monitors the situation by remote satellite. Good intense action thriller. Lots of bombs, gunfire and torture. Not for the faint hearted. Great performances by Leo and Russell. Movie similar to 'Spy Game' in terms of working relationships and terrorist themes.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


There's nothing wrong with this standard thriller about a CIA operative in the Middle East going after secret terrorist leaders, it just doesn't stand out is all. There's a standard romance, standard machinations, standard twist at the end. Eh.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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