A film about accountability that repeatedly absolves its lead character of the need to have any.
| Original Score: 1/4
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...
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.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
[A] thinly amusing tale with not-especially-appealing characters.
The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well.
| Original Score: 2/5
Here's a film in which the actors create plausible people we would probably like. They're loose inside the skins of their characters.
| Original Score: 3/4
This mix of laughs and drama is a good one.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
An under-the-radar gem that may hit you in ways you never expected long after the credits roll.
This is an assured directorial debut that goes beyond what we often see out of indie filmmakers.
A well acted and uncommonly assured and engaging portrait of post-millennial and particularly male uncertainty.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Adaptation of an esteemed New Yorker story lightens the tone successfully while capturing the ugliness of a panic-inspired misstep.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Leonard plays Lonnie with unflattering commitment: you've gotta credit a fellow who plays feckless, selfish and dim so fully.
It's funny, touching and truthful and its total lack of cynicism is rare but very welcome.
The Lie is a sturdy directorial debut from actor Joshua Leonard.
The Lie's payoff strikes an unexpected, refreshingly open note that makes this slight little indie more resonant than its scale suggests.