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Body of Lies Review Critics


Dave White Profile

...metaphor for post 9/11 life during wartime Read full review

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  • 3.0

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Most of this just seems, you know, so three years ago, so "Bourne" again.

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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Violent spy thriller is for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this gripping-though-inconsistent spy/terrorism thriller is quite violent -- almost tenaciously so. There's torture, gunfights, and explosions, as well as a fair number of close-ups of bloody injuries and corpses. People are sacrificed regardless of their loyalties, or even their actual involvement in terror activities. There's also some smoking and drinking and plenty of swearing (including "f--k"), though no real sexual content of note.

  • Families can talk about the ongoing war on terror. How does this movie confirm or defy your expectations of what secret agents do? How accurate do you think it is? What messages is the movie trying to convey about espionage and terrorism? Do you think it has a particular agenda? What makes this different from other thrillers? Families can also discuss Ferris and Hoffman's relationship. How would you characterize it? Knowing all he's done, does Ferris ever get pangs of guilt? What does that say about his character?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The lead characters don't know who to trust -- even among those who work at the same company they do. They kill others, including innocents, all in the name of getting ahead. Roger Ferris shows warmth toward a kind doctor, which triggers an epiphany of sorts.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Agents whip a naked man in a torture cellar. Lot of explosions, most of which claim lives. Guns are drawn and shot; they're also pointed at people's heads. A man throws an object at a wall. Lots of double-crossing, some beatings, and much coercion. A character is shown using his bare hands to pick at bullet shrapnel lodged in his arm.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some mild flirting; one mention of a man needing to "bang" his wife.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent use of everything from "s--t" and "p---y" to "f--k."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Hood ornaments for Mercedes Benz; logos for Hewlett-Packard and BBC World News; bottles of Coke are prominently displayed in a few scenes.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of social smoking and drinking.