• R, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Joshua Leonard
    In Theaters:
    Nov 18, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 5, 2012
  • Screen Media Ventures
  • The Lie
    2 minutes 15 seconds
    Added: Sep 26, 2011

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The Lie Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

November 13, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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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...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 15, 2011
Michelle Orange
Movieline

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.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6.5/10

November 17, 2011
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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[A] thinly amusing tale with not-especially-appealing characters.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 14, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

November 15, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2011
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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This mix of laughs and drama is a good one.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

February 4, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Erik Davis
Cinematical

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

Full Review Source: Cinematical

November 14, 2011
Kim Voynar
Movie City News

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

Full Review Source: Movie City News

November 14, 2011
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

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

Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: B

November 29, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 18, 2011
Matt Singer
IFC.com

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.

Full Review Source: IFC.com | Original Score: B

November 16, 2011
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Adaptation of an esteemed New Yorker story lightens the tone successfully while capturing the ugliness of a panic-inspired misstep.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 14, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

Leonard plays Lonnie with unflattering commitment: you've gotta credit a fellow who plays feckless, selfish and dim so fully.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

December 1, 2011
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat

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

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2011
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

November 16, 2011
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The Lie's payoff strikes an unexpected, refreshingly open note that makes this slight little indie more resonant than its scale suggests.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

November 17, 2011
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