Four Lions Reviews

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John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
December 28, 2010
If you can appreciate farce through annihilation and death a la Stanley Kubrick's 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Love the Bomb' or Kurt Vonnegut's 'Slaughterhouse 5,' then 'Four Lions' is probably a very good movie for you
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 20, 2010
A comedy (!) about inept suicide bombers
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
December 18, 2010
It proves that everthing is a laughing matter. Think of this as a Condition Orange comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 16, 2010
Not my cup of tea.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
December 10, 2010
Really, these guys are just knuckleheads. And the movie is full of outrageous laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 8, 2010
Once you get over the initial novelty, you're left with a movie that alternates between lame sitcom-style gags and muddled social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
December 8, 2010
Parts of the film are very funny and parts are misfires. But even on the misfires one almost feels one should laugh just to support the very idea of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
December 6, 2010
Relating Four Lions to the brilliant Dr. Strangelove (1964) -- as some have -- is like relating a firecracker to a nuclear weapon. And the firecracker sometimes doesn't even go off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
December 1, 2010
It offers a hilarious, pitch black comedy that suggests we can never protect ourselves from stupidity and incompetence.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 22, 2010
Morris' plan seems to be to make an irresistible farce at the intersection where Christopher Hitchens' God Is Not Great meets the Three Stooges.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
November 19, 2010
An absurdist satire that's smart enough to follow its deluded losers all the way to the bloody end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andy Klein
Brand X
November 17, 2010
A rude, edgy, rough indie comedy - hilariously funny until near the end, when reality begins to destroy the characters' slapstick universe.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 15, 2010
Might this not have worked better, and conjured more startled outrage, as a mock documentary on TV?
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 12, 2010
I think it's appalling in all the right ways. While its lingering aftertaste of ashes in the mouth is unmistakable, I'd argue that the subject warrants it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 12, 2010
The very existence of Four Lions is an act of audacity; the fact that it's also smart, humane, and frequently hilarious is nothing short of a miracle.
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 12, 2010
One of the funniest movies of the year.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
November 12, 2010
Brassy burlesque careens between droll humor and slapstick stunts until it implodes upon itself during a prolonged and extremely uncomfortable climax.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
November 12, 2010
It manages to tiptoe through the minefield -- almost a literal one -- that it lays out for itself, thriving on a back-and-forth momentum that skitters from worrisome turns of events to ludicrous outbursts and outcomes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
November 11, 2010
"Four Lions" is a daring, brilliantly conceptualized film, but like the bumbling bombers of the title, the execution tends to be hit-and-miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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