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The Invention of Lying Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Light and disposable entertainment to be sure, but that trademark dry Gervais wit keeps the proceedings engaging enough.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 26, 2014
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk

As mildly amusing as it can be in places, it still won't convince non-fans that Gervais can play anything other than the fool.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

Gervais' satiric barbs on religion, beauty, disillusionment and the basic human need for hope aim for our comfort zones, and they all hit home.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2011
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The premise is clever but the film is not bold enough

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

June 29, 2011

The comedy is definitely there, but a heavy romantic focus drags it down in parts.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 29, 2010
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

While there is nothing wrong with a comedy engaging in religious satire, neither Gervais nor Robinson seems willing to take on the topic thoughtfully.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2010
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

A high-concept, laugh-free over-indulgence that blows up terribly in the face of its smug star.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

August 9, 2010
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Gervais's attempts at ridiculing faith through satire only ends up becoming an offensive caricature backed with atheistic egotism.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 1/5

July 6, 2010
Peter Canavese
Palo Alto Weekly

There's clear comic potential in the film's high concept, and a fair amount of it is realized.

Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 6, 2010
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

A wry case for atheism, The Invention of Lying would have sent many Americans into an uproar if anyone had bothered to see it.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 19, 2010
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Gervais has helped craft a funny but inconsistent film, yet I'd be lying if I didn't mention that I appreciate the ambition and humor put into what could have been a one-note premise.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B-

January 31, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...its weakness is its lack of bite. It's too sweet and gentle for its own good.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

January 14, 2010
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com

Mr. Gervais... has given us a static, crass Phil Connors to introduce the world to belief in the supernatural. Where are the Ghostbusters when you need them?

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com | Original Score: B-

December 6, 2009
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

Fans of Gervais from the classic TV shows Extras and The Office will enjoy the half-sentences, stop-start comic delivery and awkward pauses that have become his trademark.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

November 26, 2009
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

The fatal flaw of The Invention of Lying is that the film conspires with the hero -- not against him -- in a way that's ideologically driven and humourless.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

November 26, 2009
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

A high-concept comedy with a low yield of laughs, The Invention of Lying fights a losing battle with what was never a winning idea for a movie.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

November 26, 2009
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)

Ricky Gervais' new film isn't as out-and-out funny as you might have hoped, but it's still got some funny moments.

Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

November 26, 2009
Andrew Moraitis
FILMINK (Australia)

Light, touching and entertaining, this comedy turns syrupy towards the end but is nonetheless sweetly affecting.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

November 24, 2009
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

Ricky Gervais is a brave and creative talent and this subversive, ultimately romantic film about the value of white lies certainly has its moments.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

November 22, 2009
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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There are cycles of inspiration and rebirth, but the barbed promise of the early going loses its way in choices aimed at sentimentality rather than, as Harvey Kurtzman memorably put it, humor in a jugular vein.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C-

November 22, 2009
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