The experience of A Liar's Autobiography is ultimately deflating instead of celebratory.
Even at 85 minutes, the movie often drags as if there was insufficient quality material to draw upon.
| Original Score: 2/5
That the film is a bit of a mess reflects Chapman's life precisely.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Liar's doesn't give us much insight into the meaning of his life.
Not just for Python fans.
Bafflingly unfunny, and made with a ruinous lack of guiding intelligence.
| Original Score: 1/5
Fades in the mind all too quickly.
The film is an engaging trip: miscellaneous, wittily surreal, with a sadness to lend it a structuring heartbeat.
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.
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.
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.
A moving and often funny self-portrayal of Chapman that will delight Python fans.
Such a clever conceit that you wish, ever so much, that they'd gotten it right.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
It's an affectionate, imaginative tribute to the artist's idiosyncratic take on life.
| Original Score: 3/4
You wonder if an actual documentary might have revealed more about a man so desperate to obscure himself.
...uneven and, with abrupt transitions from one animation style to another, distracting.
| Original Score: C
The most interesting aspect of "A Liar's Autobiography" is watching all the different visual styles go by...
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.