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Four Lions Reviews

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
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
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
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
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
December 17, 2010
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 10, 2010
Really, these guys are just knuckleheads. And the movie is full of outrageous laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 15, 2010
Might this not have worked better, and conjured more startled outrage, as a mock documentary on TV?
November 12, 2010
I think it's appalling in all the right ways. While its lingering aftertaste of ashes in the mouth is unmistakable, I'd argue that the subject warrants it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 12, 2010
The very existence of Four Lions is an act of audacity; the fact that it's also smart, humane, and frequently hilarious is nothing short of a miracle.
November 12, 2010
One of the funniest movies of the year.
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
November 11, 2010
The comedy divides cleanly into dark, violent slapstick (much of it hilarious) and more routine gags highlighting the fanatical characters' foolishness and incompetence.
November 11, 2010
It's an exceedingly dark comedy, a wicked satire, a thriller where the thrills center on the incompetence of the villains. It's fueled by both merriment and anger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2010
These guys are not charming; they're horrifying in their ignorance, and they cause real damage. But there's a weird relief to be found in the opportunity to laugh ourselves sick at their expense, if only for an instant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 10, 2010
Brilliantly incendiary.
November 5, 2010
Impending doom is rarely this much fun to watch.
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
November 5, 2010
The movie falters with an inconsistent tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 5, 2010
You laugh until the laughter turns to ashes in your mouth. And then you laugh some more.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
November 4, 2010
It's not your usual comedic fodder, but the director and co-writer's extensive research and profound intellect elevate the film above mere farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2010
When it works -- and it doesn't half the time -- it's as if Monty Python were back, putting its merrily imbecilic stamp on the dark world of terrorism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2010
A brazenly comic, fatally inconsistent romp that tries to destroy radical fundamentalism with ridicule.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2010
There's something strangely humanizing and even faintly humanistic about the film's depiction of would-be holy warriors who wrestle with the same anxieties, fears, and hopes as the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 3, 2010
I admire anyone for having the nerve to try something like this, and I especially admire Morris for pulling it off in such a breathtakingly funny way.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 2, 2010
Though Chris Morris's very funny movie revolves around a cell of hapless would-be terrorists, its chief concerns, and strengths, have little to do with ideology-and everything to do with comedy.
May 6, 2010
Some scenes are hilarious; some are too loopy or uncomfortable to provoke laughs; all strive to achieve something genuinely unusual and essentially true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 28, 2010
Gradually, the madcap farcical tone of "Four Lions" gives way to something darker, as it becomes clear that Morris intends to follow his characters' pathological aims and motivations right to the end of the road.
January 27, 2010
A delirious satire of British jihadists.
January 25, 2010
An audacious premise gets dangerously unstable execution in Four Lions.