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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.
Not just for Python fans.
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.
A moving and often funny self-portrayal of Chapman that will delight Python fans.
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.
A must see for Python disciples, this extensively produced 3D string of animations will run hot and cold with the general public.
| Original Score: 7/10
What may surprise all but the most dedicated Python fan is the self-deprecating candor and bittersweet whimsy with which Chapman's memoir lays out his most private joys, hang-ups, foibles and demons.
A must-see for any Python fan, full of insights into the peculiar alchemy that gave us silly walks, argument rentals and football-playing philosophers.
It's like watching Yellow Submarine laid over a celebrity-therapy episode of Dr. Phil.
| Original Score: B-
Alternately brilliant and frustrating.
It's a colorful patchwork of family high and low points, schoolboy days, professional triumphs and assorted epiphanies (including sex with women followed by sex with men).
Both the storytelling and the imagery are often beautiful, sometimes baffling, but captivating throughout.
| Original Score: B
It's sometimes a mishmash, though never an unwelcome one.
A Liar's Autobiography is flawed and enigmatic, but ultimately entertaining. Much like its subject.
| Original Score: 7.9/10
The movie has enough weird-wild-ride brio to convince you that Chapman was indeed quite a character.
A 3D multistyle animated tribute to late Monty Python member Graham Chapman that falls short as biography but honors the spirit of the beloved British comedy troupe.