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Liar Liar (1997)

tomatometer

81

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 10

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.

94

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

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.

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74

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 985,111

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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

PG-13,

Comedy

Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur

Jan 20, 1998

Universal Pictures

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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.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Pretty rudimentary, but it keeps Carrey's occasional over-exuberance in check and delivers likeable, effective, but decidedly mainstream comedy.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

April 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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...Liar Liar stands to make a liar out of those who predicted that Carrey's career was on the skids.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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...Jim Carrey makes a wild and remarkable comeback to cheerfulness...

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
San Francisco Chronicle
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As Carrey's celebrated rubber does its patented act, the flick turns into a gyrational marathon -- mildly funny but seriously exhausting.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Carrey's mugging glosses over some tough issues.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A sickly soft-swirl confection of low laughs and smarmy sentiment...

December 14, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (11)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A lot of fun, especially when Carrey reels off an entire lifetime's worth of driving offences to a nearby cop.

December 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Carrey truly works his *** off to get a laugh.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A product that has nothing, zero, zip going for it besides the presence of its star.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

After a while, Jim Carey's character making a fool of himself is becoming annoying and the ultra-sentimental finale doesn't ring a little bit true.

January 16, 2004 Full Review | Comment (1)
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Entregando-se com uma energia assustadoramente feroz ao personagem, Jim Carrey comprova mais uma vez seu dom para a comédia física e transforma O Mentiroso em um filme simplesmente hilário.

July 28, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Strong on premise, the film is short on plot.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

While the ending is a little too syrupy for my taste, it is still a very funny film, mostly because of Carrey's antics.

March 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The effect is surprisingly touching. No matter what you think of his humor, by gum, the man works hard.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Finds an amusing premise and beats the hell out of it, propelling it into one hysterically funny situation after another.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Carrey's willingness to do anything for a laugh, like pounding his head with a toilet seat, almost pays off.

September 3, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

...just hilarious enough to restore trust in the star's bankability.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

I have to admit that I generally don't like Jim Carrey but I thoroughly enjoyed Liar, Liar.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
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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
May 7, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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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.
February 8, 2013
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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!
April 11, 2012
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Entertaining but wildly outlandish. Typical Jim Carrey craziness. Didn't find anything particularly great about this movie.
November 27, 2011
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

    1. Fletcher Reede: Great! I'll catch you around dikhead!
    – Submitted by Connor N (3 months ago)
    1. Fletcher Reede: I'm an inconsiderate prick!
    – Submitted by Connor N (3 months ago)
    1. Fletcher Reede: I'm kicking my ass! Do ya mind?
    – Submitted by John Tyler M (10 months ago)
    1. Fletcher Reede: Here it goes, I sped, I followed too closely, I ran a stop sign, I almost hit a chevy, I sped some more, I failed to yield at a crosswalk, I sped some more, I changed lanes in the intersection, I changed lanes without signaling while running a red light, and speeding!
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
    1. Fletcher Reede: I'm glad my gift could bring those two closer together. My plan to phase myself out is almost complete.
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
    1. Jerry: Hey! Great gift dad!
    2. Fletcher Reede: Thanks son!
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
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