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Body of Lies (2008)



Critic Consensus: Body of Lies relies on the performances of Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio to elevate it beyond the conventional espionage thriller.

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Fresh off of their success with director Martin Scorsese's The Departed, star Leonardo DiCaprio and screenwriter William Monahan team with director Ridley Scott for this screen adaptation of David Ignatius' novel Body of Lies. When CIA operative Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) uncovers evidence indicating that a major terrorist leader may be operating out of Jordan, he enlists the aid of CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) in infiltrating the elusive saboteur's vast underground network. During the course of his dangerous mission, Ferris gradually comes to question how much he can trust his presumed allies -- who include not just Hoffman, but the outwardly helpful head of Jordanian intelligence as well. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Leonardo DiCaprio
as Roger Ferris
Russell Crowe
as Ed Hoffman
Ali Suliman
as Omar Sadiki
Alon Aboutboul
as Al-Saleem
Kais Nashef
as Mustafa Karami
Lubna Azabal
as Aisha's Sister Cala
Ghali Benlafkih
as Aisha's Nephew Rowley
Youssef Srondy
as Aisha's Nephew Yousef
Ali El Khalil
as Zayed Ibishi
Giannina Facio
as Hoffman's Wife
Chase Edmunds
as Hoffman's Son Timmy
Morgan A. Vick
as Hoffman's Daughter
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Ferris' Attorney
Sherif Eltayeb
as Executioner
David Ganly
as Doctor at Qatar Military Base
Houda Zbit
as Hani's Wife
Omar Berdouni
as Al-Saleem's Lieutenant
Clara Khoury
as Bassam's Wife
Abdu Rahim Kashmir
as Safe House Jihadist
Sami Samir
as Taxi Driver - Syrian Border
Xanthe Elbrick
as Manchester News Reporter
Ali Alvi
as Manchester Bomber #1
Zef Balbona
as Manchester Bomber #2
Vedant Gokhale
as Manchester Bomber #3
Ran Nikfam
as Amsterdam Bomber
Albert Twanmo
as Japanese Tourist Husband with Camera
Ellie Wang
as Japanese Tourist Wife
Allen Lidkey
as Medic in Helicopter
Drif Said
as Turkish Engineer/Explosive's Expert
Zakaria Atifi
as Al-Masri
William Meredith
as Soldier in Qatar
Howard W. Overshown
as Predator Room Captain
Kathy Brady
as Predator Room Captain #2
Quentin Mare
as Predator Operator Langley
Matt Gulbranson
as Predator Operator Langley #2
Jill Wolsey
as Soccer Mom
Annabelle Wallis
as Hani's Girlfriend in Bar
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All Critics (202) | Top Critics (48)

Perhaps Scott's ever-restless shooting style doesn't quite differentiate between the peaks and troughs of the narrative, yet it's still an engrossing account of the intersection between process and ethics.

November 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Good solid far-fetched multiplex action-adventure fare in the Bondian mode, with awe-inspiring technology and just enough moral philosophizing laced through it to give the mind a little something to chew on.

November 10, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Just because it's really dense and layered doesn't mean it's good.

November 10, 2008 | Full Review…
At the Movies
Top Critic

A complicated movie about the war on terror with two terrific performances and a terrific director.

November 10, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

DiCaprio's solid, though I wonder if a real CIA agent could get away with looking so earnest every second. Crowe has the right idea, in addition to all the fun: Just throw it away, throw it away and pretty soon you build yourself a clever characterization

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Yes, there are a couple of chase scenes, but Scott rarely shifts into high gear.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Body of Lies


C.I.A. operative Leonardo DiCaprio enlists the help of the Jordanian secret service to locate the leader of a terrorist cell responsible for bombings in Europe. Being a massive fan of Ridley Scott, I always have very high expectations for his films and this was no different. Unfortunately what you get is more James Bond than Syriana, the depth and insight into the political situation in the Middle East sorely lacking, the film underneath being more a straight cold war style espionage thriller. I did like the way it showed the parallel between DiCaprio's handler and the terrorist leader as two sides of the same coin; each arrogant egoists with no understanding of or respect for their adversary or their culture, using their "followers" as disposable pawns in their own little power games. It's certainly very solidly made, with decent performances, quality visuals and an intelligent plot, but as with Vietnam, I think we will have to wait til the conflict has ended before we see any truly worthwhile cinema about the subject, at least from Hollywood.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Leo is a CIA agent with a conscience, on the ground hunting for terrorists in the Middle East. Russell is his boss who works from Washington DC and monitors the situation by remote satellite. Good intense action thriller. Lots of bombs, gunfire and torture. Not for the faint hearted. Great performances by Leo and Russell. Movie similar to 'Spy Game' in terms of working relationships and terrorist themes.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


There's nothing wrong with this standard thriller about a CIA operative in the Middle East going after secret terrorist leaders, it just doesn't stand out is all. There's a standard romance, standard machinations, standard twist at the end. Eh.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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