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The Lie (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3

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When they first met, Lonnie and Clover were young idealists, but an unplanned baby forced them to flip the script. Lonnie put his music on hold and got a shitty job. And now Clover is abandoning her activism for an "opportunity" in the corporate world. Drowning in disappointments, Lonnie decides he needs some time off work to reexamine his life. He calls in sick, but his abusive boss demands he show up or get fired. Lonnie panics and tells a shocking lie to justify his absence - and once the lie

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Drama, Comedy

Joshua Leonard, Jeff Feuerzeig, Jess Weixler, Mark Webber

Mar 5, 2012

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (5)

The acting in The Lie -- including a nice bit by Mark Webber as a stoner pal who lectures Leonard on responsibility -- is good enough to almost overlook a so-so ending.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Comprising small, near-perfect scenes played out largely at dinner tables and on couches, "The Lie" wonders if it's possible to rewrite lives and remake choices.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It doesn't try too hard, but what "The Lie" is working at, in its unassuming, amusing way, is a mini-portrait of growing pains in a time of extended adolescence.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Here's a film in which the actors create plausible people we would probably like. They're loose inside the skins of their characters.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well.

November 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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It would take considerable skill on both sides of the camera to make this material go, and Leonard, a low-rent Owen Wilson on screen, can't handle the simplest two-shot behind the lens...

November 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
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Leonard plays Lonnie with unflattering commitment: you've gotta credit a fellow who plays feckless, selfish and dim so fully.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A well acted and uncommonly assured and engaging portrait of post-millennial and particularly male uncertainty.

November 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

Embedded in The Lie is a sharp look at the moral limbo of a complacent life, the self-defeat of committing by halves, the self-interest of false equivalencies - but only the shallowest attempts are made to chip its themes out.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

The Lie's payoff strikes an unexpected, refreshingly open note that makes this slight little indie more resonant than its scale suggests.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Leonard does a nice job of ramping up the comedy without sacrificing the believability of the world he's established; the movie is very funny at times but it's never outlandish.

November 16, 2011 Full Review Source: IFC.com
IFC.com

The Lie is a sturdy directorial debut from actor Joshua Leonard.

November 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This is an assured directorial debut that goes beyond what we often see out of indie filmmakers.

November 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie City News
Movie City News

It's funny, touching and truthful and its total lack of cynicism is rare but very welcome.

November 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

An under-the-radar gem that may hit you in ways you never expected long after the credits roll.

November 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

A film about accountability that repeatedly absolves its lead character of the need to have any.

November 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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    1. Seven: I love Portland. I met an owl there once that really showed me where to go.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Tank: If you want your life to change, you gotta be honest with yourself and your wife. You can't keep runnin' away from shit, man!
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Tank: Facefood. A totally holistic face care linr that you can literally eat.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Lonnie: My music sucks!
    2. Clover: Yeah, your music sucks.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Radko: You telling everyone, I'm an old prick?
    2. Lonnie: I didn't tell anybody you were an old prick.
    3. Radko: How many old pricks work here? Watch it!
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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