A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

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Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as 'the dead one from Monty Python', writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liar's Autobiography. Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, A Liar's Autobiography - and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman's voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise guests. Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, A Liar's Autobiography is Chapman's own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge. Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True, who knows? -- (C) Official Site
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R (for strong and crude sexual content including graphic animated sequences, language and some violent images)
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Animation , Art House & International , Comedy
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Critic Reviews for A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (17)

The varying tones give a patchy feel to the enterprise without adding up to anything as radical as the Pythons' own assault on TV conventions. A cordial tribute to a fascinating chap nonetheless.

Full Review… | February 5, 2013
Time Out
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The film's mostly for Python completists, of whom there are many, as well as for animation junkies who will groove on the grab bag of styles.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Boston Globe
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Apart from Chapman's dry observational tone and the others' silly voices, there's not much here to touch Python fans accustomed to soaring in a higher stratosphere of humour.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Globe and Mail
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It's a very naughty tome, with many dangling bits.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Toronto Star
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It's like watching Yellow Submarine laid over a celebrity-therapy episode of Dr. Phil.

Full Review… | November 14, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
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Alternately brilliant and frustrating.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

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To be frank, I wish this was more entertaining, but it is too unnecessary. Some of the caricatures of Chapman are unique, but I wish it would've gotten away from that Jib-Jab look in some sequences and have some more eloquence in the animation. It's too overtly computer-generated. And there are some sequences that are terribly uncomfortable to watch. Just stick with how Terry Gilliam used Graham Chapman in the "Flying Circus" animated bits (naughty as it was allowed).

DP DuPont
DP DuPont

Utterly bizarre and random biography of the late Graham Chapman, full of alcohol and homosexuality. He'd have loved it.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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Ex-Python Graham Chapman reads from his fictional autobiography, with a dozen different animators illustrating scenes in vastly different styles; topics covered include his battle with alcoholism and with sitting on people's faces in all sorts of places. The definition of uneven, with flashes of Pythonesque WTFiness lighting up long, meandering dull stretches; specialized audiences (you know who you are) may dig it.

Greg S
Greg S

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