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Body of Lies Reviews

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Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

Body of Lies could've been one of those gag trailers at the beginning of Tropic Thunder.

Full Review Source: Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine) | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2008

The Hollywood Surge still isn't working.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

October 8, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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It's a study in semisimilitude, more Google-Earthly than grounded in feelings.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 10, 2008
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

There's just not much being said in 'Body of Lies.' When it comes to novel ideas, everyone gets left out in the cold.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 11, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

It's a wonder that Body of Lies squanders all of those ingredients in a dry, convoluted mess.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 8, 2008
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
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
Fernando F. Croce

Short on thrills and shorter on political insights

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009

Crowe's a delight as a crafty Deputy Dawg from Arkansas; Mark Strong's Hani has an IQ to match his GQ. Surprisingly, the only undernourished part belongs to DiCaprio.

Full Review Source: LivePDX | Original Score: 5.5/10

October 10, 2008
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The world of Body of Lies should feel chaotic and dangerous. But Scott's camera, smoothly gliding across one stately image after another, keeps assuring us everything is fine.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

October 10, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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Just because it's really dense and layered doesn't mean it's good.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 10, 2008
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Body of Lies is smart, sophisticated and hopelessly uninvolving.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2/4

October 10, 2008
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

While action-adventure conventions take precedence over socio-political analysis, visceral kicks are in short supply, a situation that throws the film's tendencies toward stale misdirection and goofy melodrama into sharp relief.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 8, 2008
Eric D. Snider

An unfocused, almost pointless spy thriller.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

October 9, 2008
Victoria Alexander

DiCaprio works hard while Crowe does chores at home and eats.

Full Review

October 7, 2008
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Director Ridley Scott delivers a passable spy movie that has nothing to say about this region; he may as well have been directing from a monitor in his hotel suite.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

October 10, 2008
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

It's basically just an excuse for Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jason Bourne while Scott once again turns his technical expertise towards making Morocco look pretty.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C

October 10, 2008
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source

DiCaprio plays a hero with terrible judgment, while Crowe hams up a pointless part to the detriment of the movie.

Full Review Source: The Cinema Source | Original Score: C-

October 12, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Art may be imitating life, but it sure makes for dull movies. Body of Lies is the latest example of what a crutch this has become -- show grainy satellite images, cut to a chase in a crowded bazaar, discuss 'intel'. Repeat.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

October 10, 2008
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
March 3, 2012

Irish Times

November 21, 2008

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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