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Body of Lies Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

A compelling, nail-biting spy thriller.

Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files | Original Score: 8/10

January 16, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 15, 2011
Mike Edwards
What Culture

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

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3/5

March 24, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 7, 2010
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2010
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

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 Source: Florida Times-Union | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2009
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

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

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2009
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Short on thrills and shorter on political insights

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

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 Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 5/10

March 31, 2009
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 6.5/10

February 27, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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 Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 68/100

February 15, 2009
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

February 12, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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 Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 11, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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 Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 2.0/5

February 1, 2009
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

December 15, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 3/5

November 28, 2008
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

November 26, 2008
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

November 21, 2008
Richard Luck
Film4

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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

November 21, 2008
James Christopher
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

November 21, 2008
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