Body of Lies Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
January 16, 2013
A compelling, nail-biting spy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
It has none of the sweep of, say, Syriana, as if that mattered to the audience it's gunning for.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
Russell Crowe has finally realised he's just an ordinary fat guy now, and taken a role he can accurately portray.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 21, 2010
...[Ridley] Scott's most entertaining and involving effort since 2001's Black Hawk Down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 24, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Visually, the film is quite striking. Few modern filmmakers handle desert landscapes as well as Mr. Scott.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Short on thrills and shorter on political insights
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 31, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Passable entertainment -- but definitely not on par with the usual DiCaprio, Crowe, or Ridley Scott output.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 15, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 12, 2009
...better than a lot of the post 9/11 espionage films that Hollywood has made.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 11, 2009
If you're going to have a mall-ready entertainment about the war on terror, you might as well have this one. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
December 15, 2008
Básicamente un buen film de entretenimiento sobre un tema "serio" como el combate al terrorismo, armado de manera eficaz aunque superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
November 28, 2008
Como diversão, Rede de Mentiras merece aplausos. Isto não impedirá, claro, que ele seja relegado ao esquecimento completo dentro de poucos anos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 21, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/6
Richard Luck
Film4
November 21, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
November 21, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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