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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 CIA operative Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) uncovers evidence indicating that a major terrorist leader may be operating out of Jordan, he enlists the aid of CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) in infiltrating the elusive saboteur's vast underground network. During the course of his dangerous mission, Ferris gradually comes to question how much he can trust… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A complicated movie about the war on terror with two terrific performances and a terrific director."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"A compelling, nail-biting spy thriller."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Body of Lies is an extremely well paced, tightly wound, and intensely violent thriller. There is no damnation or congratulations here. As Russell Crowe muses as the end: "No one is innocent""
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Visually, the film is quite striking. Few modern filmmakers handle desert landscapes as well as Mr. Scott."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"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"
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It has none of the sweep of, say, Syriana, as if that mattered to the audience it's gunning for."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"...[Ridley] Scott's most entertaining and involving effort since 2001's Black Hawk Down."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Short on thrills and shorter on political insights"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Just because it's really dense and layered doesn't mean it's good."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Russell Crowe has finally realised he's just an ordinary fat guy now, and taken a role he can accurately portray."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"It doesn't help that those action scenes all blend together, relying overmuch on speeding convoys of big black SUVs and surveillance planes that can see you picking your nose from miles up."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"A certain rawness and despairing urgency is never quite achieved for the message the film wants to deliver, and so it remains a well-intentioned, well-produced, yet generally unmemorable entertainment."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
More reviews for Body of Lies on Rotten Tomatoes

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