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Four Lions Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
It is like the old joke about a dog that walks on its hind legs. It doesn't matter that it's not done perfectly; it's just a wonder that it's done at all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 16, 2013
Home-grown jihadists as wankers. How very British.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 30, 2011
... A welcome antidote to cultural hysteria.
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Writer-director Chris Morris walks that razor-fine line separating comedy and tragedy by mocking terrorists without mocking the horrors of terrorism itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
March 23, 2011
Four Lions doesn't always reach satirical perfection, but it comes fairly close.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
March 13, 2011
[It is] a biting, laugh-out-loud funny satire that dares to poke fun at Jihadi terrorists and one of the blackest, funniest comedies in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
Four Lions is merciless in its mission to find humor where few would dare seek it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 8, 2011
The comedy is as black as can be, both silly and sharp ... It just doesn't quite succeed in its Dr. Strangelove-inspired goal.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 4, 2011
Is it insensitive? Jaw-droppingly so. But it's also tremendously funny, and after years of achingly serious movies about the War on Terror, it can't help but feel cathartic to unleash a few belly laughs at the whole mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Wilkins
Reel Reviews
February 28, 2011
The amount of edge to this edgy comedy and Morris's chutzpah for demanding that the film's tone and its uneasy ending remain intact throughout the film's financing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
February 25, 2011
If the things we fear most are the best fodder for black comedy (think Dr. Strangelove) then Four Lions, a veritable Three Stooges-esque comedy about Westernized jihadis, is on fertile soil indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
February 25, 2011
Chris Morris's jet-black farce maintains a queasy balance between character-based comedy and incisive political commentary for its entire running time.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
February 25, 2011
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 24, 2011
It's difficult to imagine a movie this boldly provocative about the underworld of violent jihad, much less one that actually inspires laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 23, 2011
The overall result is decidedly uneven: there's most certainly something for everyone but the lack of an overarching vision is readily apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 14, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 6, 2011
A dark farce sitting somewhere between "Dr. Strangelove" and "Duck Soup." It will blow you away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 30, 2010
There are definitely some laughs in this film. But more often than not the film is an unfunny attempt to examine mindless extremism using humor.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly
December 30, 2010
The film left me with a slightly empty feeling that all Morris has accomplished is getting me to split my sides in the face of something wholly terrifying, and that's OK - even necessary - for now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 29, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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