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

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Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
The experience of A Liar's Autobiography is ultimately deflating instead of celebratory.
Brian Pendreigh
Radio Times
February 8, 2013
Even at 85 minutes, the movie often drags as if there was insufficient quality material to draw upon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
February 8, 2013
That the film is a bit of a mess reflects Chapman's life precisely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
February 8, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Grant Rollings
Sun Online
February 7, 2013
Liar's doesn't give us much insight into the meaning of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 7, 2013
Not just for Python fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
February 7, 2013
Bafflingly unfunny, and made with a ruinous lack of guiding intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies
February 7, 2013
Fades in the mind all too quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 7, 2013
The film is an engaging trip: miscellaneous, wittily surreal, with a sadness to lend it a structuring heartbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
February 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
February 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mottram
The List
February 4, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 4, 2013
A moving and often funny self-portrayal of Chapman that will delight Python fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
February 4, 2013
Such a clever conceit that you wish, ever so much, that they'd gotten it right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 24, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
January 23, 2013
It's an affectionate, imaginative tribute to the artist's idiosyncratic take on life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Glasby
Total Film
January 18, 2013
You wonder if an actual documentary might have revealed more about a man so desperate to obscure himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 15, 2013
...uneven and, with abrupt transitions from one animation style to another, distracting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 12, 2013
The most interesting aspect of "A Liar's Autobiography" is watching all the different visual styles go by...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
November 30, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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