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Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies) Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
November 12, 2010
(The film), unlike most Hollywood thrillers, is a real thriller. If "real" is the right word.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
August 10, 2009
It's a compelling story with a deathly serious topic, treated in a near sideshow manner. I like it. Less factual than a doc, less fiction than a drama. Faction
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 5, 2009
Thankfully, both filmmaker and subject approach the film as a duel. Broinowski thrusts, Khouri parries. Finding out what, if anything, is true about Khouri's story is simply the Macguffin for a filmmaker more thrilled by the hunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 19, 2009
As unusual, even sensational, images appear, it becomes clear that Forbidden Lie$'s more conventional images are also up for challenges, that they can no longer be assumed to be true.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
April 14, 2009
A chilling, edge-of-your-seat expose' that puts you face-to-face for two hours with the embodiment of pure evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 13, 2009
Even after you've seen Forbidden Lie$, the dizzying, drop-dead fascinating documentary on Norma Khouri, you won't be absolutely sure if she's on the level or a con artist ranked as "one of the best ever." That's how good she is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 13, 2009
Forbidden Lies, a documentary by Anna Broinowski, records, fascinatingly but with far too much slick finesse, Norma's world-class con artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 11, 2009
...provides a clear-eyed perspective of a charismatic con artist weaving a spell of deception with every word she utters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
April 9, 2009
Forbidden Lie$ holds our attention with Khouri's increasingly brazen and unrepentant insistence that she's the only voice of truth in a violent world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 9, 2009
Even as Broinowski exposes Khouri's shameful and pathological abuse of such genuine tragedies, the filmmaker may be giving her subject exactly what she wants.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 6, 2009
Like 2003's "Shattered Glass" this film is a story of one of the best scandals ever. A well done documentary and valuable opportunity to see how good a con-artist can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 3, 2009
Captivating, provocative and more sensationally thrilling than your average documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
Jennifer Merin
About.com
April 3, 2009
Director, Anna Broinowski, and her illusive subject, the scheming best-selling author Nancy Khouri, are locked in a cat and mouse game, but you're never quite sure who's playing which role. Their compelling competition of wits turns this documentary into
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cathleen Roundtree
Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2009
Forbidden Lie$, a Möbius strip of a documentary, weaves in and out of its protagonist's story to the point of exhaustion -- but the ride is thrilling and intermittently jaw-dropping.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 3, 2009
Sucked in by her subject, the director gets too close for objective necessary cutting.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 3, 2009
One of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 3, 2009
Cool-headed, lighthearted and outrageously entertaining, Forbidden Lie$ is documentary-as-striptease.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
April 2, 2009
it's hard not to feel by the end of this film that one is looking into the giggling face of evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
April 2, 2009
Khouri's transparency is stunning and so is this flashy documentary, delivering an astounding, enraging story of literary deception and moral bankruptcy that's thrilling to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Peikert
New York Press
April 1, 2009
By the doc's end, how much of what Norma says is fact or fiction doesn't matter as much as the entertaining, infuriating journey that Norma (and Broinowski) has taken us on.
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