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Jakob the Liar Reviews

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March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
It's jolting that such a potentially life-affirming movie could be so lifeless.
January 1, 2000
Robin Williams in his best film since Good Will Hunting!
January 1, 2000
I never lost awareness that I was watching actors speaking lines, not real people.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A markedly better picture than Roberto Benigni's far more sentimental Oscar collector.
January 1, 2000
Jakob the Liar deserves a place alongside Life Is Beautiful and, yes, even Schindler's List.
January 1, 2000
The film leans from the comedic to the near-mawkish.
January 1, 2000
Jakob the Liar wants the freedom of the Benigni film but doesn't want to pay the dues.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Peter Kassovitz establishes an effectively grim, cramped yet barren setting, making respectful use of locations in Poland and Budapest.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
None of these reliable performers can put enough spin on their roles to conjure up more than the good will they've earned in previous and better movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Williams is seriously miscast, and his presence in the movie damages its credibility and effectiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Jakob the Liar can't embrace the tragedy of the Holocaust.
January 1, 2000
Williams' performance is a masterpiece of mixed emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A plodding, well-intended comedy-drama drowned in a muddy palette of grays and browns, thick with the odd sound of American actors using fake Polish accents.
January 1, 2000
The film anticipates all laughter and emotion in ways that make it its own worst enemy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Seems forced, calculating, self-conscious.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
If telling lies can save a people, he reasons, let the stories - and those fictional tanks - roll.
January 1, 2000
Jakob the Liar is a trial of cliche, strained optimism, and dire quasi-comedy.
January 1, 2000
Jakob the Liar is so forced that only the interest of a star of Williams' magnitude could have gotten it made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
Jakob the Liar plays like a Robin Williams concentration-camp comedy that was intended to cash in on the success of Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful.
January 1, 2000
Jakob the Liar aspires to be a poignant parable about the power of hope but instead uses one of humanity's greatest tragedies for trite melodrama.
January 1, 2000
Sluggish!
January 1, 2000
Written with astonishing crudeness!
Read More | Original Score: 2/4