Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 10, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

Four Lions

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R

We gave it a B+

It’s safe to say that terrorists are deeply evil. It’s not so safe to say, at least out loud in these nervous times, that they’re also often deeply stupid. (Underpants bomber, anyone?) In Four Lions, iconoclastic British filmmaker Chris Morris pushes the ”stupid” angle to outrageous heights in his burnt-black satire about clueless British jihadists with no clear ideology and even worse guerrilla skills. 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. B+

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