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Four Lions Reviews

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
November 5, 2010
The movie falters with an inconsistent tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 8, 2010
Once you get over the initial novelty, you're left with a movie that alternates between lame sitcom-style gags and muddled social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 4, 2010
Morris and his writers-four of them in this film as well -- like to torture logic with absurdist dialogue, and some of their gang's escapades are amusing rather than laughable. Yet "Four Lions" lacks a moral base.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
November 11, 2010
"Four Lions" is a daring, brilliantly conceptualized film, but like the bumbling bombers of the title, the execution tends to be hit-and-miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Macklin
December 6, 2010
Relating Four Lions to the brilliant Dr. Strangelove (1964) -- as some have -- is like relating a firecracker to a nuclear weapon. And the firecracker sometimes doesn't even go off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 31, 2010
Four Lions would like to be scandalous; the best it can manage is being intermittently amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
August 18, 2010
I think Chris Morris is a bit too clever for me. I didn't find this film funny at all, except for a couple of moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 6, 2010
Does making jihadists seem semi-lovable twerps do anything, ultimately, but trivialise the conflict? Perhaps if the film were funnier, we wouldn't look for reasons why comedy and global cataclysm seem a less than perfect match.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 29, 2010
...unfortunately, director Chris Morris's film is far less incendiary than it thinks it is. "Four Lions" plays like The Three Stooges plus one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 16, 2010
Not my cup of tea.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 4, 2010
A brazenly comic, fatally inconsistent romp that tries to destroy radical fundamentalism with ridicule.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Chris Cabin
November 4, 2010
will be remembered less for its politics than its general bravado
| Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
May 6, 2010
The film's attempts to not just humanise but to make us like the bombers undermines the comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 4, 2010
This 'jihad of the mind' may be close to plausibility, but protagonists and film self-destruct. In jumpy unnecessary close-up, the 'Four Lions' gang merely staggers from one pratfall to another.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
November 12, 2010
Brassy burlesque careens between droll humor and slapstick stunts until it implodes upon itself during a prolonged and extremely uncomfortable climax.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 5, 2010
The director, Chris Morris, has been successfully making TV and radio comedies for 20 years. But he falters in this, his first feature. He's taken what might make a funny sketch and forced it to run more than an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 4, 2010
An ambitious, uneven new farce that dares to mock the motives and personalities of four suicide bombers who plan to attack the London Marathon.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 15, 2010
Might this not have worked better, and conjured more startled outrage, as a mock documentary on TV?
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
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
April 25, 2011

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