Body of Lies Reviews

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October 15, 2019
Body of Lies is a well-made film, but lacks the emotional impact required to keep its audience interested.
June 6, 2019
The action sequences lack pizzazz and feel decidedly old-hat for Scott.
January 30, 2018
It's James Bond via today's headlines, which should, I suppose, at least make it feel very now, but it doesn't. There is nothing in this you haven't seen before, and oodles that you have.
December 27, 2017
The film's veracity is undermined by its compulsive use of glib soundbites. Not to mention an over-wound plot that begs disbelief.
September 12, 2017
Quite frankly, it was a waste of two talented actors.
August 15, 2011
It has none of the sweep of, say, Syriana, as if that mattered to the audience it's gunning for.
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.
August 26, 2009
Short on thrills and shorter on political insights
March 31, 2009
A certain rawness and despairing urgency is never quite achieved for the message the film wants to deliver, and so it remains a well-intentioned, well-produced, yet generally unmemorable entertainment.
February 15, 2009
For those of us who want movies to be about something and not just empty action with minimal shallow 'moral of the story' tacked on, Body of Lies is a disappointment.
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.
November 21, 2008
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.
November 21, 2008
Scott, at heart, is a pyrotechnician rather than a political philosopher. Sometimes, during the scenes when he shows graphic acts of torture, he seems like a two-penny shock merchant, too.
November 21, 2008
If the starry but soulless crime flick American Gangster wasn't enough to convince you Ridley Scott was a man past his prime, check out Body Of Lies - a starry but soulless terrorism movie.
November 21, 2008
For all the enthralling visuals and action, the film feels garbled.
November 21, 2008
Visually the film is so undistinguished it may be time for the maker of Blade Runner to be subjected to that film's Voigt-Kampff test, to determine whether the current owner of the name "Ridley Scott" is real or a replicant.
November 21, 2008
But it's something of a penance to sit through, a token handwringing over American dirty tricks that's just another opportunity for Scott and co to blow stuff up.
November 20, 2008
Over-directed, frequently dull and ultimately disappointing thriller that wastes the talents of its two leads and strands them with a tedious script that somehow manages to be both confusing and overly simplistic.
November 20, 2008
Ridley Scott does not reflect on causes, only on operations. Body Of Lies may engage the warrior techno-geeks, but its amorality is uninvolving.
November 12, 2008
Body of Lies proves as generic as its title.
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