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Body of Lies Reviews

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Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
October 12, 2008
Body of Lies could've been one of those gag trailers at the beginning of Tropic Thunder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 8, 2008
The Hollywood Surge still isn't working.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 10, 2008
It's a study in semisimilitude, more Google-Earthly than grounded in feelings.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 11, 2008
There's just not much being said in 'Body of Lies.' When it comes to novel ideas, everyone gets left out in the cold.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 8, 2008
It's a wonder that Body of Lies squanders all of those ingredients in a dry, convoluted mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
It has none of the sweep of, say, Syriana, as if that mattered to the audience it's gunning for.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 24, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Short on thrills and shorter on political insights
October 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5.5/10
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.0/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 10, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
Just because it's really dense and layered doesn't mean it's good.
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
October 10, 2008
Body of Lies is smart, sophisticated and hopelessly uninvolving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 8, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
October 9, 2008
An unfocused, almost pointless spy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
October 7, 2008
DiCaprio works hard while Crowe does chores at home and eats.
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Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 10, 2008
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.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: C
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
October 12, 2008
DiCaprio plays a hero with terrible judgment, while Crowe hams up a pointless part to the detriment of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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