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  • Summary: Four Lions is a whip-smart laugh out loud comedy that illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce. Blitzing the notion that a comedy about jihadists is a contradiction in terms, the film grossed an astounding £3M at the UK box office and was hailed by critics as “a brilliant filmFour Lions is a whip-smart laugh out loud comedy that illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce. Blitzing the notion that a comedy about jihadists is a contradiction in terms, the film grossed an astounding £3M at the UK box office and was hailed by critics as “a brilliant film – astonishingly funny” causing “so many different kinds of laughter its almost incredible”. (Drafthouse Films) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Nov 13, 2010
    100
    What explosive mischief might they create? That's the premise of Morris' brilliantly incendiary new comedy Four Lions.
  2. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Nov 11, 2010
    83
    A dense, sharp, hilarious and unflinching film about a group of British Muslims who seek to shock the world with an apocalyptic act of jihad but are too dumb, contentious and accident-prone to succeed at anything much more audacious than ringing a doorbell and running.
  3. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Nov 12, 2010
    80
    The very existence of Four Lions is an act of audacity; the fact that it's also smart, humane, and frequently hilarious is nothing short of a miracle.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 10, 2010
    75
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Nov 11, 2010
    70
    The comedy divides cleanly into dark, violent slapstick (much of it hilarious) and more routine gags highlighting the fanatical characters' foolishness and incompetence.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 4, 2010
    63
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Nov 5, 2010
    25
    If all terrorists were like these idiots, the US would have nothing to worry about.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jan 18, 2011
    10
    I believe the people who label this film offensive or hurtful almost definitely haven't seen it. With a superb and extremely witty writingI believe the people who label this film offensive or hurtful almost definitely haven't seen it. With a superb and extremely witty writing team of Bain and Armstrong (Peep Show) and a practically perfect directorial debut for Morris (Brass Eye), Four Lions was the best black comedy, with relevance to today's culture, that I have seen in years and the Best British Film of 2010. Although no Oscars will probably come it's way, due to a sensitive American audience, the likelihood of a BAFTA isn't completely idiotic. In fact, it's probably a good idea. Expand
  2. Aug 7, 2011
    10
    A very clever look at how twisted the idea of blowing people up really is. The film is another master stroke for Mr Morris (though I doubtA very clever look at how twisted the idea of blowing people up really is. The film is another master stroke for Mr Morris (though I doubt Paul Daniels will agree) who is able to twist the viewpoint of disturbing and uncomfortable subject matter in the faces of those who it will enrage the most. With too much hatred in the world it is important that films like this are made to entertain on difficult issues without offending for the sake of offending. Expand
  3. Dec 14, 2014
    10
    This film needs to be far more recognised as one of the best comedies ever, it's outright hilarity from start to finish, not even slowing downThis film needs to be far more recognised as one of the best comedies ever, it's outright hilarity from start to finish, not even slowing down towards the end to make a forced message near the end of the movie like most comedy films do nowadays! It's dark humour at it's finest, with memorable characters that for a comedy film play their roles exquisitely to ramp the humour up past 11! Chris Morris make a phenomenal debut film and towers high above many other comedies of this era! Personally, this is in my top 3 favourite comedy films, and sjould be in many others too! Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2010
    9
    A fantastic film by Chris Morris and one in which I will watch over and over again. Whilst watching this a few members of the audience seemedA fantastic film by Chris Morris and one in which I will watch over and over again. Whilst watching this a few members of the audience seemed scared to laugh at some of the comedic parts of the film. Morris took a huge risk in making fun of terrorism in such a way and he pulled it off and has made a very good film. A good sense of humour is required to enjoy this film and the controversial but humorous nature is what makes it so well received. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2011
    9
    Excellent feature-length debut from my comedy hero, Chris Morris. It's situations are hilarious, and it's jam-packed with quotable lines.Excellent feature-length debut from my comedy hero, Chris Morris. It's situations are hilarious, and it's jam-packed with quotable lines. Kayvan Novak and Nigel Lindsay provide the memorable performances. And, despite it's premise, it is probably one of Morris's most accessible and least offensive productions. Expand
  6. CBZ
    Oct 15, 2011
    8
    Great movie. it brings humor to a very touchy topic, in a very correct way. Its not meant to offend anyone.
    I believe the underlying message
    Great movie. it brings humor to a very touchy topic, in a very correct way. Its not meant to offend anyone.
    I believe the underlying message is that a few ignorants don't represent a whole group.
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  7. Jan 3, 2011
    4
    First, the movie is nearly unintelligible because the English accents are so thick. I think I missed half the movie because I just couldn'tFirst, the movie is nearly unintelligible because the English accents are so thick. I think I missed half the movie because I just couldn't understand what the characters said. However, the movie is seriously unfunny and borderline racist. While I understand this is a black comedy, the difference between this and, say, Fargo, (a truly masterful black comedy) is substantial. The specter of innocents being obliterated by bumbling jihadists is simply too gruesome to be truly funny. A disturbing work that epitomizes "too soon." Expand

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