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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.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The result is commendably non-West-centric, but no less sentimentally conceived.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Fascinating and flawed spy thriller.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a genre film - the action is fierce and nonstop - with a brooding undercurrent of unease that aims for the complexities of John le Carre.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By 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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USA Today

By 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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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Lacks, a story that makes it feel personal.
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Wall Street Journal

By 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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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
It's like torture, though Body of Lies has nothing to spill.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Most of this just seems, you know, so three years ago, so "Bourne" again.
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57 out of 100
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