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Its premise suggests brazenly tasteless humor, but Four Lions is actually a smart, pitch-black comedy that carries the unmistakable ring of truth. Read critic reviews

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A group of young Muslim men living in Sheffield decide to wage jihad, and they hatch an inept plan to become suicide bombers. Omar (Riz Ahmed) and Waj (Kayvan Novak) have a brief, disastrous run at a Pakistan training camp, while Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) works on an unlikely scheme to train birds to carry bombs. Their ill-conceived plan culminates at the London Marathon with their bumbling attempts to disrupt the event while dressed in outlandish costumes.

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  • It feels like a missed opportunity all the same... As far as slapstick and farce and knockabout buffoonery go, this is as good as anything but my point, I think, is that this could be about any group.

    August 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [Morris's] new comedy has a provocative, ticklish premise -- five North England Muslims become suicide bombers, but can't decide who or what to take with them.

    February 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's difficult to imagine a movie this boldly provocative about the underworld of violent jihad, much less one that actually inspires laughter.

    February 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The first feature, written and directed by satirist Chris Morris, may seem profane to some, but if you're doomed by watching it, at least you'll go down laughing.

    January 14, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The film wisely doesn't try to explore the roots of religious fanaticism and how it can manifest as murder: Instead, it simply accepts the world as it is and focuses on the ridiculous.

    December 29, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 17, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4

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  • Jul 17, 2013
    <i>"Fuck mini Babybells"</i> Christopher Morris has never been afraid of satirizing a sensitive topic and releasing his ideas through comedic feature films, even at the expense of hurting the sensitivity of an entire class or group. <i>Four Lions</i> is one of the funniest films I have ever seen (no exaggeration), with absolutely terrific one liners and situations that border on the absurd, from slapstick to predominantly criticizing the Islamic moral and contrasting it with the mass media manipulation and the governmental incompetence of hypocritical European authorities. Throw some anti consumerist imperialism commentaries and you've got a full hilarious satirical salad! <i>"The report makes crystal clear that the police shot the right man, but, as far as I'm aware, the wrong man exploded."</i> 85/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2013
    Watching this in the wake of the Boston bombing might've been the oddest connection to life I've made from a movie.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2012
    "Four Lions" is probably one of the most ridiculous movies produced in the last few years and is well worth a watch if you're looking for something that doesn't take itself seriously in the slightest. It is full of memorable moments and is a great laugh with a truly unique storyline.
    Tom R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2012
    Two nights before I watched 'Four Lions' I watched 'Peeping Tom' and the night before - 'Rashomon', two excedingly good films, perhaps they are the reason 'Four Lions' left me feeling cold and strangely enough, a feeling I'm not to familiar coming away from films feeling- annoyed at a missed chance (it's like 'Max Payne' again). Don't get me wrong, 'Four Lions' had me laughing at some of it's jokes, but the serious turns its took at the end felt unneeded and quite frankly, desperate, trying to get a reaction from the audience as the main character martyr themselves, main characters that throughout the film I felt no empathy for, so why should I care? 'Four Lions' had what it needed to be good, a new innovative premise and the cast to do it, what it came up with was a cheap anything for laughs (oh wait we're serious now but no we're not?), uneven mess.
    Cameron S Super Reviewer

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