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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Critic Reviews

  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: Pam Grady
    Nov 10, 2010
    90
    While the film is likely to find outright rejection among those who remain jittery with each turn in the War Against Terror, it should find a warm reception with fans of dark, outrageous humor.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Nov 4, 2010
    90
    A shockingly hilarious, stiletto-sharp satire directed by Chris Morris and written by a squad of British wits.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 10, 2010
    83
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Nov 4, 2010
    83
    Chris Morris' corrosive black comedy Four Lions explores the lighter side of jihad. It's a ballsy romp through one of the least lighthearted subjects imaginable.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Nov 2, 2010
    80
    He's (Chris Morris) breaking taboos because broken taboos can be hilarious.
  9. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    Oct 31, 2010
    80
    A hilarious farce and a brilliant takedown of the imbecility of fanaticism.
  10. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Oct 31, 2010
    80
    Guaranteed to offend a lot of folks across the political and belief spectrum, but consistently funny and horribly to the point. A sit-com spin-off is probably not on the cards, though.
  11. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Nov 5, 2010
    78
    This is provocative stuff, to be sure, in which the stakes are so high that a pratfall concludes with exploding limbs and the anguished effect of its final minutes is a quiet shock to the system. A comedy of errors and terrors? Who woulda thunk it?
  12. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Dec 30, 2010
    75
    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.
  13. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 29, 2010
    75
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 11, 2010
    75
    The whole thing is kind of comforting in a damn-the-torpedoes, laugh-at-what-scares-you-most kind of way.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Nilsen
    Dec 11, 2010
    70
    Four Lions is a comedy about terrorism. No, not a thoughtful, intellectual take on the absurdities of suicide bombing. It's slapstick. Actually, it's the Three Stooges of Jihad.
  17. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Nov 16, 2010
    70
    The invective energy of Four Lions and its Swiftian vision of a confederacy of dunces are never in doubt. The problem is one of form. [15 Nov. 2010, p.99]
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    Nov 4, 2010
    70
    Doesn't offer moviegoers one obvious message, but rather a complex and considered glimpse into a rarely seen world, one of utter absurdity and horror.
  20. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Nov 3, 2010
    70
    The idea, in the end, is that even lovable loonies can do a lot of damage.
  21. 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.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 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 »