The Invention of Lying Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010

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 | Original Score: 3/5
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
September 30, 2009

The Invention of Lying feels a little too much like a wasted opportunity.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alonso Duralde
October 1, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
October 2, 2009

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.

Simon Foster
August 9, 2010

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

John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 1, 2009

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

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.

David Baldwin
Filmstar Magazine
October 4, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
October 4, 2009

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.

Fernando F. Croce
October 26, 2009

Flaccid rom-com uplift and cut-rate snark

Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
October 2, 2009

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 | Original Score: 5.5/10
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
Top Critic
October 2, 2009

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
October 5, 2009

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Jewell
SFX Magazine
October 1, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 2, 2009

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 | Original Score: 5.25/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 2, 2009

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

Robbie Collin
News of the World
October 4, 2009

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Gilchrist
October 5, 2009 extended sketch from a comedy show that outlasts its entertainment value long before the movie ends.

Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
October 2, 2009

[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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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