Liar Liar (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Liar Liar (1997)



Critic Consensus: Despite its thin plot, Liar Liar is elevated by Jim Carrey's exuberant brand of physical humor, and the result is a laugh riot that helped to broaden the comedian's appeal.

Movie Info

An attorney who tells the truth for 24 hours straight? This has got to be the movies! Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a lawyer obsessed with his career, and he's devoted his life to bending the truth to his advantage. This habit has broken up his marriage to Audrey (Maura Tierney) and isn't doing much good for his relationship with his young son Max (Justin Cooper). Fletcher repeatedly promised Max that he'll be there for Max's eighth birthday party, but when an important assignment comes up at work, Fletcher calls Audrey and makes an excuse so flimsy that even Max can see through it. When it comes time to blow out the candles on his cake, Max makes a wish: that his Dad could go just one day without telling a lie. Suddenly, Max finds himself physically incapable of saying anything that isn't true -- which, given the divorce settlement case he's just been handed, is going to make his next day in court very interesting indeed. While designed to show off a warmer and more likable side of Jim Carrey's personality, Liar Liar still revels in the broad physical comedy that made Carrey a star in Ace Ventura, Pet Detective -- which makes sense, since both were directed by Tom Shadyac. Both Carrey's fans and foes will get a chuckle out of Swoosie Kurtz's tongue-in-cheek insult to the film's star in the blooper reel that runs under the final credits. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Mazur, Paul Guay
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 1998
Universal Pictures


Jim Carrey
as Fletcher Reede
Jennifer Tilly
as Samantha Cole
Maura Tierney
as Audrey Reede
Swoosie Kurtz
as Dana Appleton
Jason Bernard
as Judge Marshall Steve...
Mitchell Ryan
as Mr. Allan
Justin Cooper
as Max Reede
Chip Mayer
as Kenneth Falk
Eric Pierpoint
as Richard Cole
Ben Lemon
as Randy
Jarrad Paul
as Zit Boy
Krista Allen
as Busty Woman on Eleva...
Stephen James Carver
as Police Officer
Don Keefer
as Beggar at Courthouse
Paul Roache
as Beggar at Office
Randy Oglesby
as Detective Bryson
Charlie Dell
as Restroom Man
Terry Rhoads
as Co-Pilot
Michael Leopard
as Tow Yard Employee
Ed Trotta
as Mechanic
Skip O'Brien
as Court Guard
Amanda Carlin
as Publicist
Samantha Heyman
as Cole Girl
Eric Sharp
as Sharpo the Clown
Hope Allen
as Playground Teacher
Carrie Armstrong
as Stenographer
Brandi Burkett
as Flight Attendant
Charles Emmett
as Macho Attorney
Steven M. Gagnon
as Jail Guard
Moon Jones
as Jail Guard
Rick Hill
as Jail Guard
Mike Grief
as Driver
Matthew Arkin
as Colleague
Kelly Anne Conroy
as Passenger on Plane
Richard Jones
as Passenger on Plane
Dennis Napolitano
as Piano Player
Robert Michael Adler
as Conference Room Atto...
Joe Barnaba
as Conference Room Atto...
Benjamin Brown
as Conference Room Atto...
Mark Chaet
as Conference Room Atto...
Catherine Evans
as Conference Room Atto...
Vitamin C
as Conference Room Atto...
David Fresco
as Conference Room Atto...
Sue Goodman
as Conference Room Atto...
Michael Kostroff
as Conference Room Atto...
Howard S. Miller
as Conference Room Atto...
Edward Amuwa
as Child at Party and S...
Ashley Monique Clark
as Child at Party and S...
Derrick Friedman
as Child at Party and S...
David Kikuta
as Child at Party and S...
Oliver A. Kindred
as Child at Party and S...
Patrick Lawrence McT...
as Child at Party and S...
Sara Paxton
as Child at Party and S...
Ashley Rumph
as Child at Party and S...
Jacob Stein
as Child at Party and S...
Mercedes Villamil
as Child at Party and S...
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Critic Reviews for Liar Liar

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (16)

Close to an ideal jumping-off point for Carrey, who spends the better part of an hour grotesquely physicalizing his scummy lawyer's struggle with being obliged to utter cold, hard facts.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Top Critic

Pretty rudimentary, but it keeps Carrey's occasional over-exuberance in check and delivers likeable, effective, but decidedly mainstream comedy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Like Robin Williams, Carrey has learned to do his side-splitting shtick in character. He's not only under control, but funnier than ever as the truth-impaired Fletcher Reede.

Full Review… | April 26, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

...Liar Liar stands to make a liar out of those who predicted that Carrey's career was on the skids.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

...Jim Carrey makes a wild and remarkable comeback to cheerfulness...

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

As Carrey's celebrated rubber does its patented act, the flick turns into a gyrational marathon -- mildly funny but seriously exhausting.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Liar Liar

The story is clever and to top it off, the over-the-top hysteria of one Jim Carrey gives audiences every reason to laugh. Liar Liar gives the honest-to-God truth and keeps you laughing towards the end. 5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Max Reede: I wish, for just one day, Dad couldn't tell a lie. 

"Would I lie to you?"

Here's the thing with Liar Liar; it's just not funny. It's not and even everyone involved knows it isn't. When a concept comedy, like this should have been, is turned into an all out silly, gag fest; it undermines the genre. The concept isn't bad. A lawyer can't lie for a day because his son, whom he is constantly lying to, makes a wish that for one day he won't. It could lead to some funny court room scenes, but instead the movie rides on Jim Carey's Ace Ventura character's manifest. It's all too ridiculous to find funny.

I don't dislike Jim Carey. His form of comedy works in some movies, but I don't think this is one of them. Also, I believe Carey really can act if he throws the ridiculous demeanor aside and truly just acts, like in Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind. This movie really falls apart with me after we have to constantly see Carey's character screaming and twitching and God knows what else.

I wouldn't go as far as to say this is a terrible movie because it has good intentions, and good intentions are good. I just think it is badly judged and goes in the complete wrong direction from where it should have. Obviously a lot of people love this movie, and for what reason, I'll never know. Even for the Jim Carey comedies that are ridiculous, this one falls very, very low for me. Watch it if you must, but just know, it's no classic.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

I love this movie! I think its great, i love the concept and its truly an original highly amusing movie that Jim Carrey is perfect for!
A great movie for the whole family and well worth the watch!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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