Chris Nashawaty
February 11, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Body of Lies

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
126 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/10/08
performer
Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Strong, Carice van Houten
director
Ridley Scott
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
William Monahan
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

Ridley Scott’s Syriana lite fizzled last fall. But in the appeals court of a living room, the cat-and-mouse CIA thriller benefits from diminished expectations. Leo’s been better, Crowe sounds like Foghorn Leghorn, and the script is as subtle as a root canal. But Scott pulls off some tense action sequences before the dud ending. EXTRAS on the two-disc set include making-of docs and an audio commentary. B?

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