Leonardo Dicaprio and Russel Crowe have teamed up for the seemingly awesome political war thriller Body of Lies. But does the film lives up to it’s potential? The critics have spoken and it’s not looking for good. Here is some of what they had to say:
Hollywood Reporter: Here is a landscape of deserved paranoia and horrific violence, of countless life-or-death scenarios, total distrust of enemies and allies alike and open contempt for anything American — again not undeserved. 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. – Kirk Honeycutt
Empire: For big stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe can make a little noise. Compared with the blockbuster blustering of recent months, Leo and Rusty’s Body of Lies has virtually crept into cinemas with the stealth of the CIA operatives at the complicated centre of this cracking political thriller. Berets off for Body of Lies’ subdued arrival, as it befits the serious and potentially incendiary foundation of a movie that has impressively fought off descending into patriotic lobotomy a la Peter Berg’s offensive The Kingdom. – Ben McEachen
Film Journal: As audiences, we’re so indoctrinated into the movie-spy persona that filmmakers either accentuate it or play against it—that latter giving us everything from Get Smart parody to Patrick McGoohan’s unarmed operatives in his 1960s conflicted-spy series Danger Man, a.k.a. Secret Agent Man, and The Prisoner. – Frank Lovece
Time Out New York: Scott has largely eschewed his fog-thickening ways (as if achieving cinematic lushness were somehow less than honorable). Last year’s American Gangster and now the spy-by-numbers Body of Lies reveal an oddly generic filmmaker, gifted with huge budgets and high-profile talent but lacking a signature.The confusing new movie, adapted way too faithfully from David Ignatius’s tricky 2007 novel, has more plot than necessary. It comes to life only when Leonardo DiCaprio, playing a supercapable CIA agent setting up shop in Jordan, speaks the terse language of operational tactics—he’s after a bin Laden–like specter—or flirts with a sly nurse (Farahani) in fluent Arabic. – Joshua Rothkopf
Variety: Neither the location-based verisimilitude of Ridley Scott’s shooting style nor the estimable Middle East expertise of source-material author David Ignatius can disguise “Body of Lies” as anything other than the contrived phony-baloney it is. Coming on like an inside account of CIA operations against jihad-minded terrorists, pic shows its true colors by featuring a shootout, chase or big explosion every 10 minutes or so, on its way to a climax so conventional it would have been at home in a 1940s Warner Bros. melodrama. -Todd McCarthy,
Body of Lies will be releases October 10th, check here for showtimes and tickets.