Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
These guys are not charming; they're horrifying in their ignorance, and they cause real damage. But there's a weird relief to be found in the opportunity to laugh ourselves sick at their expense, if only for an instant.
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The Hollywood Reporter

A hilarious farce and a brilliant takedown of the imbecility of fanaticism.
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Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
Its chilling third act suggests that sooner or later, even these riders on the Islamic short bus are going to get one right. And that won't be funny at all.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
This is a comedy about imbeciles who fall blindly in love with a concept, without giving any thought to what they are doing. And although some of them eventually have a moment of self-realization, it arrives, sadly, much too late.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Four Lions is impossible to categorize. It's an exceedingly dark comedy, a wicked satire, a thriller where the thrills center on the incompetence of the villains.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
The idea, in the end, is that even lovable loonies can do a lot of damage.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
When it works - and it doesn't half the time - it's as if Monty Python were back, putting its merrily imbecilic stamp on the dark world of terrorism.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Probably the world's first jihad terrorist comedy, Four Lions is a daring, brilliantly conceptualized film, but like the bumbling bombers of the title, the execution tends to be hit-and-miss.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Real satire must be savage, and Four Lions, for all its daring, finally doesn't dare enough.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The only reason to see it is Riz Ahmed's performance as Omar, the supposed brains of the operation. Mr. Ahmed reminded me a bit of Robert Carlyle. He's dynamic, quick-tongued and intense. And much too classy for this tatty room.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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