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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: B+

February 18, 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

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
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
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
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 20, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 20, 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 Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 19, 2009
Patrick Kolan
IGN Movies AU

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 Source: IGN Movies AU | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2009
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the best and most thought-provoking American comedies to come along in some considerable time.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 25, 2009
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog

"Fun!"

Full Review Source: SpoutBlog

October 23, 2009
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011
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