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Body of Lies (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 203
Fresh: 110 | Rotten: 93

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

52

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 23

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

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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

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

William Monahan

Feb 17, 2009

$39.4M

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All Critics (208) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (110) | Rotten (93) | DVD (19)

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.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Good solid far-fetched multiplex action-adventure fare in the Bondian mode, with awe-inspiring technology and just enough moral philosophizing laced through it to give the mind a little something to chew on.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comment (1)
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Just because it's really dense and layered doesn't mean it's good.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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A complicated movie about the war on terror with two terrific performances and a terrific director.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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DiCaprio's solid, though I wonder if a real CIA agent could get away with looking so earnest every second. Crowe has the right idea, in addition to all the fun: Just throw it away, throw it away and pretty soon you build yourself a clever characterization

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Body of Lies has nothing to say about geopolitics, the action scenes are formulaic, and DiCaprio is rarely on the screen with Crowe, who coasts through the most puzzling performance of his career.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A compelling, nail-biting spy thriller.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

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

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

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

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comments (3)
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"

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

February 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It doesn't help that those action scenes all blend together, relying overmuch on speeding convoys of big black SUVs and surveillance planes that can see you picking your nose from miles up.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

Visually, the film is quite striking. Few modern filmmakers handle desert landscapes as well as Mr. Scott.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Short on thrills and shorter on political insights

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

A certain rawness and despairing urgency is never quite achieved for the message the film wants to deliver, and so it remains a well-intentioned, well-produced, yet generally unmemorable entertainment.

March 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Passable entertainment -- but definitely not on par with the usual DiCaprio, Crowe, or Ridley Scott output.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

For those of us who want movies to be about something and not just empty action with minimal shallow 'moral of the story' tacked on, Body of Lies is a disappointment.

February 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...better than a lot of the post 9/11 espionage films that Hollywood has made.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

If you're going to have a mall-ready entertainment about the war on terror, you might as well have this one. [Blu-ray]

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

When Russell Crowe gives a lackluster performance, you know how meager a year it's been at the movies. In Body of Lies, Crowe is bogged down in a thankless role in a thankless movie.

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Comment (1)
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Básicamente un buen film de entretenimiento sobre un tema "serio" como el combate al terrorismo, armado de manera eficaz aunque superficial.

December 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Como diversão, Rede de Mentiras merece aplausos. Isto não impedirá, claro, que ele seja relegado ao esquecimento completo dentro de poucos anos.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Better than the vast majority of the post-9/11 terrorist yarns, Body of Lies is both more ambiguous and ambitious than such heavy-handed duds as Rendition and Redacted.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Like Syriana without either the balls or the brains, Body Of Lies is perfectly presentable. You just expect better from the likes of Leo, Russ and Ridley.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

But despite the immaculate production values, the satire is so unspeakably crude that it ceases to matter. A shame. Scott has been an instrumental director in the Hollywood evolution of war films. But Body of Lies is a one-note rant.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

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.
May 31, 2013
garyX
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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.
April 28, 2013
thmtsang
T Tsang

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.
January 19, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

One of Ridley Scott's most underrated movies.
February 12, 2012
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

    1. Hani: Insa.
    – Submitted by Melvin L (20 months ago)
    1. 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 (20 months ago)
    1. Hoffman's Wife: Ed, it's 6:00 in the morning.
    2. Ed Hoffman: Saving civilization, honey.
    – Submitted by Melvin L (20 months ago)
    1. Roger Ferris: If something happens you'll shoot me, right?
    2. Bassam: Yep.
    3. Roger Ferris: Good.
    – Submitted by Melvin L (20 months ago)
    1. Bassam: Big boss, man, what's happening?
    2. Roger Ferris: Rules of the day: If the car gets immobolized, start shooting; nobody gets traded, everybody dies.
    3. Bassam: So, same as everyday?
    4. Roger Ferris: You got it.
    – Submitted by Melvin L (20 months ago)
    1. Roger Ferris: You are a rare and delicate flower.
    – Submitted by Melvin L (20 months ago)
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