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The Invention of Lying Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The Invention of Lying feels a little too much like a wasted opportunity.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2009

There are a few funny bits sprinkled throughout, but the premise of the movie never goes anywhere particularly interesting, even with the potentially outrageous subplot regarding religion as an outgrowth of chicanery.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

October 1, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Mr. Gervais's long-established gift for small-screen comedy goes terribly slack, leaving him likable, as always, but, on the big screen, looking lost.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 2, 2009
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

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

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

August 9, 2010
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Ultimately, the atheist gospel according to Ricky Gervais is too preachy for its own good.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 1, 2009
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com

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.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com

November 9, 2009
David Baldwin
Filmstar Magazine

The simple truth is, any comedian could take Gervais' place in the film, and you probably wouldn't notice. For a comic who likes to put his fingerprints on everything he does, it feels like he's playing it safe.

Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2009
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

It's a high-concept twist too far: in Liar Liar and Groundhog Day, the worlds themselves were believable; whereas here the world (explained via a cumbersome opening voiceover) is simply too far-fetched and therefore lacks resonance.

Full Review Source: Daily Express

October 4, 2009
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Flaccid rom-com uplift and cut-rate snark

Full Review Source: CinePassion

October 26, 2009
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

The invention of The Invention of Lying is delicious. But a few false moves along the way drag down what could have been a brilliant flight of fancy

Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 5.5/10

October 2, 2009
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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There's no doubting that this is one comic who can really act. But maybe Gervais should leave the directing to someone who knows how to tell funny stories on film, if such a talent can be found these days.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

October 2, 2009
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum

Pushing the envelope with many jokes and original ideas it could have been a masterpiece, but turning it into a romantic comedy and starring Gervais does not make that true.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/5

October 5, 2009
Stephen Jewell
SFX Magazine

Gervais is an expert at creating half-hour sitcoms, but not so adept when it comes to 90-minute pieces that place more emphasis on pathos and drama.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

An initially funny comedy with an intriguing, amusing premise that quickly runs of out steam and ends up banal, unimaginative, silly and forgettable.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.25/10

October 2, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Given the boldness of the topic, it's surprising how bland and toothless Invention is.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

October 2, 2009
Robbie Collin
News of the World

Fact: There's good Gervais and bad Gervais. And this is him at his pompous worst - preachy, one-note and obsessed with smug celeb cameos.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 2009
Todd Gilchrist
Cinematical

...an extended sketch from a comedy show that outlasts its entertainment value long before the movie ends.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

October 5, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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[It] does have its moments -- most of them courtesy of Gervais and his very specific brand of self-deprecating, always equivocating comedy -- just not nearly enough of them.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 2, 2009
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 1/5

July 6, 2010
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011
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