The Invention of Lying Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 20, 2009
The premise allows the filmmakers latitude to invent a scenario that works as irony and satire about our modern world. It shows, humorously, how impossibly confronting it would be if we really didn't lie, flatter and smooth over our social interactions
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 20, 2009
A brilliant and original concept, The Invention of Lying is witty, seriously funny and utterly charming. The trick to it all is that Gervais' alternate reality, where there is no deceit, flattery or fiction, is grounded solidly in a credible way
November 19, 2009
...becomes dizzyingly hilarious, mixed with genuine sympathy, while an amusing and subversive element grows slowly, beginning as fascinating and then stumbling into inevitability.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Patrick Kolan
IGN Movies AU
November 17, 2009
It's a shame that the air gets let out of this one so suddenly, as if The Invention of Lying's backbone gets ripped out of the film as the final act kicks into gear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Lippe
November 9, 2009
The star cameos in The Invention of Lying are non-stop, distracting, and always blatantly pointed out as if this were a Cannonball Run sequel.
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Christianity Today
October 31, 2009
It feels, in spirit, like a fable, in the mold of films like It's a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. I just wish it were better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Rogers
October 27, 2009
"The Invention of Lying" is like "Groundhog Day," although not in the way it intends to be. Watching the film feels like you're reliving the same lame scenes over and over, powerless to change what happens in this profoundly disappointing comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
October 27, 2009
All the dazzling, limitless comedic potential here, and we're stuck waiting for the hot younger girl to wise up and learn to love the homely guy who wrote the movie?
Fernando F. Croce
October 26, 2009
Flaccid rom-com uplift and cut-rate snark
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 25, 2009
One of the best and most thought-provoking American comedies to come along in some considerable time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Karina Longworth
October 23, 2009
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 20, 2009
a terribly unwieldy vehicle built on an inherently funny premise that just can't sustain what Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson eventually want to heap on it
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 11, 2009
Ricky Gervais stars and directs and takes a good premise and some funny bits and tries to get philosophical, only to come up short in both laughs and depth.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric Melin
October 11, 2009
I'll bemoan the ending forever (or until they change it on DVD), but right now I'm still wondering how a movie with this radical a subtext got made at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Silver
The Trend
October 11, 2009
The film has two very, very good ideas, but doesn't fit them together well; while its laughs are only sporadic, and the romantic subplot falls generally flat.
| Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 10, 2009
For a self-avowed atheist, Ricky Gervais certainly focuses a lot on spirituality in his movies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 9, 2009
Like 'Life of Brian,' 'The Invention of Lying' pokes fun at religious beliefs. Too bad it fails to emphasize the fun.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 9, 2009
Gervais is reluctant to use his satiric bite to go for the throat. Instead, he just nibbles the edges of his premise, before retreating into romantic-comedy convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 9, 2009
A funny, cleverly-conceived, heartfelt expression of a point of view that is not nearly my own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 9, 2009
There's too much good here not to forgive the bad.
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