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Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies) Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

(The film), unlike most Hollywood thrillers, is a real thriller. If "real" is the right word.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

November 12, 2010
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

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 Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 3/4

August 10, 2009
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 85/100

June 5, 2009
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

April 19, 2009
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

A chilling, edge-of-your-seat expose' that puts you face-to-face for two hours with the embodiment of pure evil.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

April 14, 2009
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 13, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Forbidden Lies, a documentary by Anna Broinowski, records, fascinatingly but with far too much slick finesse, Norma's world-class con artistry.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

April 13, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

...provides a clear-eyed perspective of a charismatic con artist weaving a spell of deception with every word she utters.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

April 11, 2009
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

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 Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: A-

April 9, 2009
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 9, 2009
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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 Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 8/10

April 6, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Captivating, provocative and more sensationally thrilling than your average documentary.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.75/10

April 3, 2009
Jennifer Merin
About.com

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 Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2009
Cathleen Roundtree
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2009
Phil Hall
Film Threat

One of the year's best films.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

April 3, 2009
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Cool-headed, lighthearted and outrageously entertaining, Forbidden Lie$ is documentary-as-striptease.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2009
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

it's hard not to feel by the end of this film that one is looking into the giggling face of evil.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 2, 2009
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: A-

April 2, 2009
Mark Peikert
New York Press

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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

April 1, 2009
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