• 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

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
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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
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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

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

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

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

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

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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