Liar Liar (1997)

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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Mazur, Paul Guay
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 1998
Runtime:
Universal Pictures

Cast


as Fletcher Reede

as Samantha Cole

as Audrey Reede

as Dana Appleton

as Miranda

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as Mr. Allan

as Greta

as Max Reede

as Kenneth Falk

as Richard Cole

as Randy

as Zit Boy

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as Police Officer

as Beggar at Courthouse

as Beggar at Office

as Detective Bryson

as Restroom Man

as Co-Pilot

as Tow Yard Employee

as Mechanic

as Court Guard

as Publicist

as Cole Girl

as Sharpo the Clown

as Playground Teacher

as Stenographer

as Flight Attendant

as Macho Attorney

as Jail Guard

as Jail Guard

as Jail Guard

as Driver

as Colleague

as Passenger on Plane

as Passenger on Plane

as Piano Player

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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
Variety
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.

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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!

FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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