Body of Lies (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 course of his dangerous mission, Ferris gradually comes to question how much he can trust his presumed allies -- who include not just Hoffman, but the outwardly helpful head of Jordanian intelligence as well. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
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


Leonardo DiCaprio
as Roger Ferris
Russell Crowe
as Ed Hoffman
Ali Suliman
as Omar Sadiki
Alon Abutbul
as Al-Saleem
Kais Nashef
as Mustafa Karami
Lubna Azabal
as Aisha's Sister Cala
Ghali Benlafkih
as Aisha's Nephew Rowle...
Youssef Srondy
as Aisha's Nephew Youse...
Ali El Khalil
as Zayed Ibishi
Giannina Facio
as Hoffman's Wife
Chase Edmunds
as Hoffman's Son Timmy
Morgan A. Vick
as Hoffman's Daughter
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Ferris' Attorney
Sherif Eltayeb
as Executioner
David Ganly
as Doctor at Qatar Mili...
Bijan Daneshmand
as Amman Clinic Doctor
Houda Zbit
as Hani's Wife
Omar Berdouni
as Al-Saleem's Lieutena...
Clara Khoury
as Bassam's Wife
Abdu Rahim Kashmir
as Safe House Jihadist
Sami Samir
as Taxi Driver - Syrian...
Xanthe Elbrick
as Manchester News Repo...
Ali Alvi
as Manchester Bomber #1
Zef Balbona
as Manchester Bomber #2
Vedant Gokhale
as Manchester Bomber #3
Ran Nikfam
as Amsterdam Bomber
Albert Twanmo
as Japanese Tourist Hus...
Ellie Wang
as Japanese Tourist Wif...
Allen Lidkey
as Medic in Helicopter
Drif Said
as Turkish Engineer/Exp...
Zakaria Atifi
as Al-Masri
William Meredith
as Soldier in Qatar
Howard W. Overshown
as Predator Room Captai...
Kathy Brady
as Predator Room Captai...
Quentin Mare
as Predator Operator La...
Matt Gulbranson
as Predator Operator La...
Jill Wolsey
as Soccer Mom
Annabelle Wallis
as Hani's Girlfriend in...
Kais Nashef
as Mustafa Karami
Bijan Daneshmand
as Amman Clinic Doctor
Howard W. Overshown
as Predator Room Captai...
Alon Aboutboul
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

Body of Lies Quotes

Hani: Insa.
– Submitted by Melvin L (3 years ago)
Ed Hoffman: So he wants to come to America in one piece instead of going to paraidse in a thousand... he should've thought of that before.
– Submitted by Melvin L (3 years ago)
Hoffman's Wife: Ed, it's 6:00 in the morning.
Ed Hoffman: Saving civilization, honey.
– Submitted by Melvin L (3 years ago)
Roger Ferris: If something happens you'll shoot me, right?
Bassam: Yep.
Roger Ferris: Good.
– Submitted by Melvin L (3 years ago)

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