Body of Lies

2008

Body of Lies

Critics Consensus

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

55%

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Total Count: 210

62%

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User Ratings: 129,937
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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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  • 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.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • But despite the immaculate production values, the satire is so unspeakably crude that it ceases to matter. A shame. Scott has been an instrumental director in the Hollywood evolution of war films. But Body of Lies is a one-note rant.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Body of Lies is big and bombastic, confused and irritable - a 20th-century blockbuster struggling to adapt (too little, too late) to a 21st-century terrain.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
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  • Body of Lies can't quite make up its mind whether to be an all-out thriller or a savvy political drama with something relevant to say about Muslim fundamentalism and the American response to it.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Nov 10, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Just because it's really dense and layered doesn't mean it's good.

    Nov 10, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Body of Lies

  • Jan 19, 2013
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2012
    One of Ridley Scott's most underrated movies.
    Liam G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2012
    I don't know what to say. It's a good movie. But I just feel I have no personal interest in the story. It's well done and all...so...good for them. And let's remember everybody...This is Lenny D's big 10-0
    Martin S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    I disagree with other people, this movie had action, a great screenplay, and great performances. The concept wasnt really original, but Ridley Scott just makes it work. I really enjoyed this movie.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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