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Separate Lies Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 9, 2010
Wilkinson and Watson give sharply observed performances, that don't allow the film to become a sudser.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
April 19, 2009
"Separate Lies" is a hearty mystery/drama that blooms as a succinct social critique of British aristocracy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 13, 2006
A fascinating character study of lies, truth and the consequences
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 2, 2006
Separate Lies seems to take forever to unfold, and when it does, it makes one wonder if it was worth the trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 12, 2006
At the mercy of material so fussy that no amount of frenetically-chopped vegetables can lend the piece much in the way of tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 15, 2005
...Fellowes, who won a much deserved Oscar for his screenplay for Gosford Park, makes a fine directing debut with this updated variation on a classic theme...
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 18, 2005
What lies underneath doesn't surprise. But it's fascinating to watch that peeling as it happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
November 17, 2005
This may seem like a bleak ride, but the performances are so compelling that it's impossible to look away.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 9, 2005
Julian Fellowes turns out to be every bit as good a director as he is a writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jamie Woolley
November 1, 2005
A solidly made but strangely lightweight drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Raoul Hernandez
Austin Chronicle
October 30, 2005
Julian Fellowes is two for two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
October 29, 2005
Engaging drama that doesn't quite pull off its transition from thriller to emotional drama, but compensates with strong performances, particularly from Tom Wilkinson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 28, 2005
This intriguing Brit entry starts out as a sort of suburban whodunit and then mutates into something else entirely -- an examination of a middle-class marriage and ultimately a meditation on selfless love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
October 28, 2005
Separate Lies would have you believe it's a potent brew when, in fact, it's little more than weak tea.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 27, 2005
Lose the final plot twist, and Separate Lies is a tidy and wholly effective drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alan Dale
October 26, 2005
Fellowes is so committed to the artistic means of naturalism, and so judicious, that his work is absorbing in a way that movies of broader scope almost never are.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 23, 2005
You'll find it hard to keep the proverbial stiff upper lip when the overheated melodrama on the screen is prompting you to laugh out loud.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 21, 2005
The movie actually begins with a voiceover explaining, 'No life is perfect, though it may seem to be.' Um, wow. Excuse me while I go stop the presses.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
October 21, 2005
Watson and, in particular, Wilkinson masterfully create complex and engrossing portraits. Everett is not as successful, never making Bule any more than an arrogant sourpuss.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 21, 2005
A chilly, intelligent and absorbing drama about infidelity, ethics and forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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