Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies) Reviews

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Anna King
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 3, 2009
Sucked in by her subject, the director gets too close for objective necessary cutting.
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Richard Kuipers
Variety
September 19, 2008
Spends an entertaining first hour with the charismatic con artist but fails to quit while the going's good.
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
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
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Elena Oumano
Village Voice
April 1, 2009
This entertaining, provocative film raises pointed issues about con artists and their sometimes-culpable "victims," and also speaks to the elusive pursuit of documentary truth.
Sacha Molitorisz
Sydney Morning Herald
September 22, 2007
What a coup.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 31, 2009
Writer-director Broinowski's foremost achievement was convincing the discredited Norma Khouri to sit down and defend herself on camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
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
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.
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 R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 2, 2009
Amusing and frustrating. But it is undeniably entertaining and one gets a certain amazement at the creativity of Khouri's mind under pressure--much the same quality that Clifford Irving has in THE HOAX.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 18, 2008
A revelation: it's one of the few recent documentaries that actually uses the cinematic form as part of its substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
Brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 3, 2009
One of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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