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Four Lions (2010)


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 126
Fresh: 103
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: Its premise suggests brazenly tasteless humor, but Four Lions is actually a smart, pitch-black comedy that carries the unmistakable ring of truth.

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: Its premise suggests brazenly tasteless humor, but Four Lions is actually a smart, pitch-black comedy that carries the unmistakable ring of truth.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 22,161




Movie Info

In a British city, four men have a secret plan. Omar is disillusioned about the treatment of Muslims around the world and is determined to become a soldier. This is the most exciting idea Waj has ever heard. Opposed to Omar and everyone else on earth is the white islamic convert Barry. He'd realize he joined the cell to channel his nihilism -- if he had half the self knowledge of a duck. Faisal is the odd man out. He can make a bomb -- but he can't blow himself up just now coz his sick dad has … More

R (for language throughout, including some sexual references)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Mar 8, 2011
Box Office:
Drafthouse Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Four Lions

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (103) | Rotten (23) | DVD (6)

[Morris's] new comedy has a provocative, ticklish premise -- five North England Muslims become suicide bombers, but can't decide who or what to take with them.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's difficult to imagine a movie this boldly provocative about the underworld of violent jihad, much less one that actually inspires laughter.

Full Review… | February 24, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The first feature, written and directed by satirist Chris Morris, may seem profane to some, but if you're doomed by watching it, at least you'll go down laughing.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

A dark farce sitting somewhere between "Dr. Strangelove" and "Duck Soup." It will blow you away.

Full Review… | January 6, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The film wisely doesn't try to explore the roots of religious fanaticism and how it can manifest as murder: Instead, it simply accepts the world as it is and focuses on the ridiculous.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Four Lions is more interesting than riotous. Consider it an example - a well-paced, clever and understated compassionate example - of a filmmaker wrestling with fear.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

It is like the old joke about a dog that walks on its hind legs. It doesn't matter that it's not done perfectly; it's just a wonder that it's done at all.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Home-grown jihadists as wankers. How very British.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

... A welcome antidote to cultural hysteria.

Full Review… | June 30, 2011
The Ooh Tray

Writer-director Chris Morris walks that razor-fine line separating comedy and tragedy by mocking terrorists without mocking the horrors of terrorism itself.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Four Lions doesn't always reach satirical perfection, but it comes fairly close.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011

[It is] a biting, laugh-out-loud funny satire that dares to poke fun at Jihadi terrorists and one of the blackest, funniest comedies in recent memory.

Full Review… | March 13, 2011

Four Lions is merciless in its mission to find humor where few would dare seek it.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The comedy is as black as can be, both silly and sharp ... It just doesn't quite succeed in its Dr. Strangelove-inspired goal.

Full Review… | March 8, 2011
Window to the Movies

Is it insensitive? Jaw-droppingly so. But it's also tremendously funny, and after years of achingly serious movies about the War on Terror, it can't help but feel cathartic to unleash a few belly laughs at the whole mess.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The amount of edge to this edgy comedy and Morris's chutzpah for demanding that the film's tone and its uneasy ending remain intact throughout the film's financing.

Full Review… | February 28, 2011
Frank's Reel Reviews

If the things we fear most are the best fodder for black comedy (think Dr. Strangelove) then Four Lions, a veritable Three Stooges-esque comedy about Westernized jihadis, is on fertile soil indeed.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
Jam! Movies

Chris Morris's jet-black farce maintains a queasy balance between character-based comedy and incisive political commentary for its entire running time.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
NOW Toronto

The overall result is decidedly uneven: there's most certainly something for everyone but the lack of an overarching vision is readily apparent.

Full Review… | February 23, 2011

There are definitely some laughs in this film. But more often than not the film is an unfunny attempt to examine mindless extremism using humor.

Full Review… | December 30, 2010
Laramie Movie Scope

The film left me with a slightly empty feeling that all Morris has accomplished is getting me to split my sides in the face of something wholly terrifying, and that's OK - even necessary - for now.

Full Review… | December 30, 2010
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for Four Lions

Two nights before I watched 'Four Lions' I watched 'Peeping Tom' and the night before - 'Rashomon', two excedingly good films, perhaps they are the reason 'Four Lions' left me feeling cold and strangely enough, a feeling I'm not to familiar coming away from films feeling- annoyed at a missed chance (it's like 'Max Payne' again).

Don't get me wrong, 'Four Lions' had me laughing at some of it's jokes, but the serious turns its took at the end felt unneeded and quite frankly, desperate, trying to get a reaction from the audience as the main character martyr themselves, main characters that throughout the film I felt no empathy for, so why should I care?

'Four Lions' had what it needed to be good, a new innovative premise and the cast to do it, what it came up with was a cheap anything for laughs (oh wait we're serious now but no we're not?), uneven mess.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

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Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

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I could only make it half way through this...I do NOT get where the humor was in this. Not for me, obviously.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

So many memorable lines and actions, it just naturally makes you laugh and is great to watch over and over... and over...

Scott Green

Super Reviewer

Four Lions Quotes

I think I might be confused, but I'm not sure.
– Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
I'm accidentally a suicide bomber!
– Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
I may as you to blow yourself up, but I will never ask you to piss in your own mouth.
– Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
You cannot win an argument just by being nice....Also, you cannot win an argument just by being right.
– Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
Beaks get blown off in war.
– Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
He disrupted the establishment.
He Took out a sheep.
– Submitted by Christopher R (2 years ago)

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