Light and disposable entertainment to be sure, but that trademark dry Gervais wit keeps the proceedings engaging enough.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Gervais' satiric barbs on religion, beauty, disillusionment and the basic human need for hope aim for our comfort zones, and they all hit home.
The premise is clever but the film is not bold enough
| Original Score: B-
The comedy is definitely there, but a heavy romantic focus drags it down in parts.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
While there is nothing wrong with a comedy engaging in religious satire, neither Gervais nor Robinson seems willing to take on the topic thoughtfully.
A high-concept, laugh-free over-indulgence that blows up terribly in the face of its smug star.
Gervais's attempts at ridiculing faith through satire only ends up becoming an offensive caricature backed with atheistic egotism.
| Original Score: 1/5
There's clear comic potential in the film's high concept, and a fair amount of it is realized.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A wry case for atheism, The Invention of Lying would have sent many Americans into an uproar if anyone had bothered to see it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
...its weakness is its lack of bite. It's too sweet and gentle for its own good.
| Original Score: 6/10
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?
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ricky Gervais' new film isn't as out-and-out funny as you might have hoped, but it's still got some funny moments.
Light, touching and entertaining, this comedy turns syrupy towards the end but is nonetheless sweetly affecting.
Ricky Gervais is a brave and creative talent and this subversive, ultimately romantic film about the value of white lies certainly has its moments.
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.
| Original Score: C-