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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012

Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
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
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
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

Karina Montgomery
Cinerina
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
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
SpoutBlog
October 23, 2009

"Fun!"

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