The Good Lie Reviews

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March 17, 2018
Within it you can see the misty outline of the great movie it could have been if only the producers had possessed the courage (or possibly the studio backing) to forgo the lure of an A-list headliner.
October 30, 2017
Deeply moving and pretty much compulsory viewing.
August 22, 2017
This deeply-moving, finely executed film is not just a must-see, but a reminder at a time when immigration is a key election issue that party politics can be as misleading as a movie poster.
March 12, 2016
A credible, engaging and beautiful moral drama that is unusually smart for a Hollywood studio picture.
March 1, 2016
This is humble and subtle filmmaking and is a must watch.
December 11, 2015
[The three central brothers] performances add an authenticity to a story that's clearly put through the Hollywoodisation machine but never feels dishonest.
April 26, 2015
Strong performances from Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany and Emmanuel Jal ensure that the characters of Mamere, Jeremiah and Paul are never reduced to "exotic" victimhood.
April 25, 2015
A Unesco educational resource cast in the style of an unreconstructed 1970s sitcom.
April 24, 2015
The bond between Carrie and these "lost boys" makes for a sincere, simplistic and poignant tale.
April 23, 2015
Ultimately, it's a decent, well-meaning insight into the plight of the so-called Lost Boys (actually 3,600 Sudanese boys and girls) who were found...thanks to Uncle Sam.
April 23, 2015
Reece Witherspoon's presence as an indomitable Kansas City charity worker may be its main selling point, but the heart of this fact-based drama is the long journey taken by a group of refugees from the Sudanese civil war.
April 23, 2015
This timely, light comic study of what it means to be a refugee makes for a refreshingly un-hectoring watch.
April 23, 2015
It is a warm-hearted picture, and its flaws are forgiveable.
April 23, 2015
The challenges of America's welfare system give this impeccably honourable film a vivid set of hurdles to surmount, and it doesn't feel overegged or excessively sentimentalised.
April 23, 2015
The film is predictable but affecting and often funny in its depiction of the young Sudanese attempting to adjust to US culture.
April 23, 2015
The Good Lie is an open-hearted Christian parable about faith and self-sacrifice.
April 23, 2015
The rougher edges of the likes of In This World or The Golden Dream were perhaps beyond its multiplex-oriented remit, but Falardeau works in surprising levels of funny, winning, stirring detail.
April 21, 2015
You cannot fail to be moved by this story of young Sudanese refugees - and not just to tears either.
April 20, 2015
The Good Lie is an honest, honourable film at which there is no shame in shedding tears.
December 22, 2014
A fascinating look at what happened to many Sudanese refugees, but also at how people who come from underprivileged parts of the world experience the United States.
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