The Invention of Lying Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 26, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 29, 2012

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 29, 2011

The premise is clever but the film is not bold enough

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Katina Vangopoulos
Moviedex
October 29, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 27, 2010

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 9, 2010

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

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Canavese
Palo Alto Weekly
July 6, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
May 19, 2010

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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
January 31, 2010

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 | Original Score: B-
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 14, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
December 6, 2009

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 | Original Score: B-
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
November 26, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
November 26, 2009

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.

Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 26, 2009

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
November 26, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Moraitis
FILMINK (Australia)
November 24, 2009

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

Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 22, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
Top Critic
November 22, 2009

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 | Original Score: C-
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