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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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
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
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
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
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
November 21, 2008
With high-class acts to match the hi-tech savvy of Scott and his trusty crew (cinematographer Alexander Witt, editor Pietro Scalia, composer Mark Streitenfeld), this is as taut and engrossing a couple of hours as you'll experience all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Total Film
November 21, 2008
Syriana, this ain't. Ridley Scott's latest misses the scope, texture or depth to dig into the moral mess of the war on terror. But this entertaining techno-thriller feeds greedily off star performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Strong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
November 21, 2008
Body Of Lies lacks the epic sweep of Gladiator and the emotional pull of Thelma And Louise. But it's enormously competent, with a couple of fine supporting performances from Crowe and Strong.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
March 3, 2012

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011

Irish Times
November 21, 2008
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