Four Lions
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A handful of young men set out to take on the decadent West but are more of a threat to themselves than anyone else in this black comedy from director Chris Morris. Omar (Riz Ahmed) is a devout Muslim living in the United Kingdom who has decided to form a terrorist cell to bring forth a jihad against a culture he believes is dominated by the sinful and ignorant. However, Omar isn't much of leader, and he's assembled an unimpressive team of fellow terrorists, among them Waj (Kayvan Novak), who lacks the brainpower to come up with ideas or direction on his own; Faisal (Adeel Akhtar), who… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"[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."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"A dark farce sitting somewhere between "Dr. Strangelove" and "Duck Soup." It will blow you away."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Writer-director Chris Morris walks that razor-fine line separating comedy and tragedy by mocking terrorists without mocking the horrors of terrorism itself."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Four Lions is merciless in its mission to find humor where few would dare seek it."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"It's difficult to imagine a movie this boldly provocative about the underworld of violent jihad, much less one that actually inspires laughter."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Home-grown jihadists as wankers. How very British."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Four Lions doesn't always reach satirical perfection, but it comes fairly close."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"The comedy is as black as can be, both silly and sharp ... It just doesn't quite succeed in its Dr. Strangelove-inspired goal."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"... A welcome antidote to cultural hysteria."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"[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."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"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."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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