An Honest Liar

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A thoughtful and surprisingly layered documentary enlivened by its subject, An Honest Liar serves as a well-deserved tribute to a fascinating life.



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AN HONEST LIAR is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James 'The Amazing' Randi. The film brings to life Randi's intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi's personal life is discovered, it isn't clear whether Randi is still the deceiver - or the deceived.(c) Official Site

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  • "An Honest Liar" is a fascinating look at what the truth means, and how it means different things to different people. It's also a reminder that no one has a monopoly on it. Not even the Amazing Randi.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Anyone who can challenges faith healers, psychics and mediums who claim a special bond with the dead - and often wins those challenges - deserves a standing ovation.

    Mar 27, 2015 | Rating: 3.0
  • Randi's story suggests a modern-day footnote to Herman Melville's novel The Confidence-Man, reflecting the strange interplay between show business, religion, and hucksterism in American life.

    Mar 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Randi's a sly charmer, and an engaging guide through the film ...

    Mar 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • After getting to know the TV personality who unmasked psychics as simply magicians themselves, it makes getting to know the man behind the crusade even more powerful.

    Mar 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Unexpectedly revelatory and deeply moving.

    Mar 20, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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