Four Lions

Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
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  1. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 3, 2010
    60
    While these ninnies' antics and banter are remarkably entertaining, the quality of the satire depends on when the movie is sending up ludicrous extremist logic and when it's just engaging in repetitive buffoonery.
  2. 50
    Has a provocative, ticklish premise – five North England Muslims become suicide bombers, but can't decide who or what to take with them.
  3. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Nov 11, 2010
    50
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 4, 2010
    50
    Real satire must be savage, and Four Lions, for all its daring, finally doesn't dare enough.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Oct 31, 2010
    50
    An audacious premise gets dangerously unstable execution in Four Lions, a ballsy but wobbly high-concept farce that sends up the bumbling schemes of a Blighty-based jihadist cell.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 26, 2015
    10
    Four lions is hilarious, it's a smart movie, really smart. I didn't see that it offends any religion, Islam specifically, it actually mocksFour lions is hilarious, it's a smart movie, really smart. I didn't see that it offends any religion, Islam specifically, it actually mocks those stupid terrorists who know nothing about what they're doing, and are not even close to being religious. One of the best black comedies out there, with an excellent hilarious cast. Full Review »
  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! Full Review »