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L.I.E. (2001)

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83

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 68 | Rotten: 14

L.I.E. is a well-acted and unsettling look at a boy's relationship with a pedophile.

88

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 3

L.I.E. is a well-acted and unsettling look at a boy's relationship with a pedophile.

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A teenaged boy in desperate need of a father figure finds one in a place no one should ever have to look in this controversial drama. Howie (Paul Franklin Dano) is a 15-year-old who has been emotionally at sea ever since the death of his mother in an auto accident several years before. Howie's father Marty (Bruce Altman) is also having trouble dealing with the loss, and distracts himself with empty sex while avoiding authorities attempting to prosecute him for using unsafe materials in his

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Cuesta never gives us the satisfaction of fulfilling our expectations; instead he gives us a movie that we can ponder long the road takes its final turn.

March 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Recoiling from L.I.E. is a very human, and frankly a very responsible, reaction.

October 19, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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A mature, insightful and extremely well-acted study.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Difficult and flawed feature debut.

October 9, 2001
Washington Post
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Gripping, troubling, and deftly acted.

October 9, 2001
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One of the most provocative independent films of the year.

October 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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...worth checking out for Cox's amazing performance...

November 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Cuesta has succeeded in making a clear and captivating narrative involving the issues of trust, loss and deceit, all of which take place within the space of a week.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: FilmFestivals.com
FilmFestivals.com

Raises the bar on the coming-of-age story with a tightly focused portrait of a 15-year-old who looks for a father figure and finds his kindly neighborhood sexual predator.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
Offoffoff

A story which never resorts to sensationalism in its troubling study of people wanting to find a way out.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Ultimately offers little satisfaction outside of the strong performances.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It's a fiercely compelling tale, the acting is among the year's best, so I wish Cuesta had been content to leave it at that.

June 5, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

There were no breakthroughs.

June 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Cox plays the boy-fancier, orange muscle car and all, with a brilliance you have to see to believe.

March 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

in the end, this is more deservedly bad press for NAMBLA.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: PopcornQ
PopcornQ

... the characters are so well-drawn and well-acted and the ideas raised are provocative without being overly exploitive.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Baseline.Hollywood.com
Baseline.Hollywood.com

What makes L.I.E. so compelling and disturbing is that in Cox's capable hands, we discover a human being inside the beast.

November 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

It seems brave, in its restrained fashion, and when Cox is on-screen you feel it's getting close to some uncomfortable truth.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

... deserves to be seen for the incredibly subtle performances of the two male leads

October 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

This strangely compelling story shows us that we can never write off any human being as worthless or abominable.

October 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

An achievement of accomplished filmmaking and superb acting, L.I.E. puts you in the tough spot of unraveling how you feel about what you've viewed.

October 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Audience Reviews for L.I.E.

This is a fairly well acted film with part of the story being of a disturbing nature.

The power of suggestion is everything in this film and heightens the controversial subject in hand, whilst giving Brian Cox a controversial role to tackle.

The general storyline does hold your attention, but the highs and lows of the film and few and far between, leaving it on a very monotone level.
January 26, 2011
76Majikat

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Amazing. The film covered so much ground and officially went where no coming-of-age story has ever dared to go. Paul Dano was dead on, one of the most believable confused teens i've seen on camera. Brian Cox was almost too good and I'm sure it was an incredibly hard role to play. The look and direction of it was really good. It was a perfectly depressing backdrop. I guess if you can't handle the subject matter it would be rough, but I really liked that aspect of it. It wasn't afraid to bring up any subject.
November 18, 2009
ythelastman89

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This was impossible to find as a rental, so I ended up having to buy it from overseas! Glad I did, it was definitely worth a watch. I love this twisted teen crap. LOL.
September 26, 2009
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