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Four Lions Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

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 Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B

June 22, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Home-grown jihadists as wankers. How very British.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

January 16, 2013
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

... A welcome antidote to cultural hysteria.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

June 30, 2011
Dave White
Movies.com

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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 5/5

April 4, 2011
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

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

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 7/10

March 23, 2011
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

[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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 13, 2011
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: A

March 9, 2011
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

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 Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 6/10

March 8, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 4, 2011
Frank Wilkins
Frank's Reel Reviews

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 Source: Frank's Reel Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

February 28, 2011
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

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 Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 25, 2011
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

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 Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 4/5

February 25, 2011
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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[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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 25, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2011

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 Source: JWR | Original Score: 2/5

February 23, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

January 14, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A dark farce sitting somewhere between "Dr. Strangelove" and "Duck Soup." It will blow you away.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 6, 2011
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: D

December 30, 2010
Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly

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 Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

December 29, 2010
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