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A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 10

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Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as 'the dead one from Monty Python', writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liar's Autobiography. Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, A Liar's Autobiography - and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman's voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam

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The varying tones give a patchy feel to the enterprise without adding up to anything as radical as the Pythons' own assault on TV conventions. A cordial tribute to a fascinating chap nonetheless.

February 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film's mostly for Python completists, of whom there are many, as well as for animation junkies who will groove on the grab bag of styles.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Apart from Chapman's dry observational tone and the others' silly voices, there's not much here to touch Python fans accustomed to soaring in a higher stratosphere of humour.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It's a very naughty tome, with many dangling bits.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's like watching Yellow Submarine laid over a celebrity-therapy episode of Dr. Phil.

November 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Alternately brilliant and frustrating.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The experience of A Liar's Autobiography is ultimately deflating instead of celebratory.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Even at 85 minutes, the movie often drags as if there was insufficient quality material to draw upon.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

That the film is a bit of a mess reflects Chapman's life precisely.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Subtitled "The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman", this outrageously colourful animated movie certainly can't be pigeonholed as a documentary or a biopic, even though there are elements of each.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source:

Liar's doesn't give us much insight into the meaning of his life.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Not just for Python fans.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

Bafflingly unfunny, and made with a ruinous lack of guiding intelligence.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Fades in the mind all too quickly.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The film is an engaging trip: miscellaneous, wittily surreal, with a sadness to lend it a structuring heartbeat.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

A Liar's Autobiography pays a tribute to Graham Chapman, but Monty Python fans will feel a little cheated, thanks to the black comedy's lack of comic value and exhausting animations.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

While the use of animation recalls the tone of Terry Gilliam's work on the old BBC shows, the big problem is just how whimsical it all feels.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

A moving and often funny self-portrayal of Chapman that will delight Python fans.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Such a clever conceit that you wish, ever so much, that they'd gotten it right.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

It's an affectionate, imaginative tribute to the artist's idiosyncratic take on life.

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

You wonder if an actual documentary might have revealed more about a man so desperate to obscure himself.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

...uneven and, with abrupt transitions from one animation style to another, distracting.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The most interesting aspect of "A Liar's Autobiography" is watching all the different visual styles go by...

January 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A narrative-starved acid trip of a film, an amalgam of animated styles and anecdotes that never gel, seldom make sense and rarely generate genuine laughs.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

Audience Reviews for A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

It's wonderful to hear the late great Graham Chapman's voice again. It felt like he was still alive for an hour and a half, and for that I was grateful. His autobiography is brilliantly funny, the idea of getting the rest of the Monty Python gang back together to record their parts in an animated version was inspired. It's a shame then that the animation is generally quite poor. The synopsis states that this is not a Monty Python film but it kind of is really, some Terry Gilliam, if only a few minutes would have been nice. It's the animation, poor editing and the inclusion of all the meandering bits of his biography that make the overall experience a trifle disappointing. Maybe it would just have been better to read the book.
March 5, 2014

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Ex-Python Graham Chapman reads from his fictional autobiography, with a dozen different animators illustrating scenes in vastly different styles; topics covered include his battle with alcoholism and with sitting on people's faces in all sorts of places. The definition of uneven, with flashes of Pythonesque WTFiness lighting up long, meandering dull stretches; specialized audiences (you know who you are) may dig it.
February 20, 2013
Greg S

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Utterly bizarre and random biography of the late Graham Chapman, full of alcohol and homosexuality. He'd have loved it.
June 26, 2013

Super Reviewer

Ingenious and rather silly! Not only is that how one can describe this movie. But, it is also how you can describe Graham Chapman. Absurdly genius animations and narration from the man himself. Give fans of the late-Python, a glimpse into the mind and life of the beloved comedian.
December 1, 2012
Jason Reneau

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