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Based on 37 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The result is commendably non-West-centric, but no less sentimentally conceived. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Lacks, a story that makes it feel personal. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A tautly paced, well-acted espionage thriller with the requisite explosions and action sequences. Still, it ends up leaving the viewer rather cold. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    For all of Ferris's desperate struggles, and for all the director's efforts to emulate the remarkable verisimilitude he achieved in "Black Hawk Down," his new film remains abstract and unaffecting. It's a study in semisimilitude, more Google-Earthly than grounded in feelings. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Fascinating and flawed spy thriller. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    It's like torture, though Body of Lies has nothing to spill. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    It may not be as much fun as old spy movies starring Cary Grant or more recent entertainments such as "Spy Game," directed by Ridley's brother Tony, but it feels all too accurate. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    The crisply photographed and edited Body of Lies reveals some ambition, for while it certainly works as pure entertainment, this tale of a good man trying to extract himself from an impossible situation offers some commentary on America's feelings about being in Iraq. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Body of Lies neither panders nor condescends. It involves current events and has a political viewpoint, but it overplays neither. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Body of Lies is a James Bond plot inserted into today's headlines. The film wants to be persuasive in its expertise about modern spycraft, terrorism, the CIA and Middle East politics. But its hero is a lone ranger who operates in three countries, single-handedly creates a fictitious terrorist organization, and survives explosions, gunfights, and brutal torture. show more

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