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A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman Reviews

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 8, 2013
That the film is a bit of a mess reflects Chapman's life precisely.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
February 8, 2013
Subtitled "The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman", this outrageously colourful animated movie certainly can't be pigeonholed as a documentary or a biopic, even though there are elements of each.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 7, 2013
Not just for Python fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 7, 2013
The film is an engaging trip: miscellaneous, wittily surreal, with a sadness to lend it a structuring heartbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
February 7, 2013
A Liar's Autobiography pays a tribute to Graham Chapman, but Monty Python fans will feel a little cheated, thanks to the black comedy's lack of comic value and exhausting animations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
February 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 4, 2013
A moving and often funny self-portrayal of Chapman that will delight Python fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
January 23, 2013
It's an affectionate, imaginative tribute to the artist's idiosyncratic take on life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Glasby
Total Film
January 18, 2013
You wonder if an actual documentary might have revealed more about a man so desperate to obscure himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
November 21, 2012
A must see for Python disciples, this extensively produced 3D string of animations will run hot and cold with the general public.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Michael Sauter
Film Journal International
November 16, 2012
What may surprise all but the most dedicated Python fan is the self-deprecating candor and bittersweet whimsy with which Chapman's memoir lays out his most private joys, hang-ups, foibles and demons.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
November 16, 2012
A must-see for any Python fan, full of insights into the peculiar alchemy that gave us silly walks, argument rentals and football-playing philosophers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 14, 2012
It's like watching Yellow Submarine laid over a celebrity-therapy episode of Dr. Phil.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 9, 2012
Alternately brilliant and frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 8, 2012
It's a colorful patchwork of family high and low points, schoolboy days, professional triumphs and assorted epiphanies (including sex with women followed by sex with men).
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
November 2, 2012
Both the storytelling and the imagery are often beautiful, sometimes baffling, but captivating throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 1, 2012
It's sometimes a mishmash, though never an unwelcome one.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Kaufman
Paste Magazine
November 1, 2012
A Liar's Autobiography is flawed and enigmatic, but ultimately entertaining. Much like its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
The movie has enough weird-wild-ride brio to convince you that Chapman was indeed quite a character.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
October 31, 2012
A 3D multistyle animated tribute to late Monty Python member Graham Chapman that falls short as biography but honors the spirit of the beloved British comedy troupe.
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