Body of Lies
Body of Lies (2008)

Fresh off of their success with director Martin Scorsese's The Departed, star Leonardo DiCaprio and screenwriter William Monahan team with director Ridley Scott for this screen adaptation of David Ignatius' novel Body of Lies. When… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Body of Lies relies on the performances of Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio to elevate it beyond the conventional espionage thriller.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Perhaps Scott's ever-restless shooting style doesn't quite differentiate between the peaks and troughs of the narrative, yet it's still an engrossing account of the intersection between process and ethics.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

A complicated movie about the war on terror with two terrific performances and a terrific director.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

A compelling, nail-biting spy thriller.

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

Good solid far-fetched multiplex action-adventure fare in the Bondian mode, with awe-inspiring technology and just enough moral philosophizing laced through it to give the mind a little something to chew on.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

DiCaprio's solid, though I wonder if a real CIA agent could get away with looking so earnest every second. Crowe has the right idea, in addition to all the fun: Just throw it away, throw it away and pretty soon you build yourself a clever characterization

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It has none of the sweep of, say, Syriana, as if that mattered to the audience it's gunning for.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

Just because it's really dense and layered doesn't mean it's good.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Body of Lies has nothing to say about geopolitics, the action scenes are formulaic, and DiCaprio is rarely on the screen with Crowe, who coasts through the most puzzling performance of his career.

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

Russell Crowe has finally realised he's just an ordinary fat guy now, and taken a role he can accurately portray.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
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Liam Gadd
One of Ridley Scott's most underrated movies.
Candy Rose
Leo is a CIA agent with a conscience, on the ground hunting for terrorists in the Middle East. Russell is his boss who works from Washington DC and monitors the… More
Martin Sahlin
I don't know what to say. It's a good movie. But I just feel I have no personal interest in the story. It's well done and all...so...good for… More
Apeneck Fletcher
There's nothing wrong with this standard thriller about a CIA operative in the Middle East going after secret terrorist leaders, it just doesn't stand… More
Chris Weber
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