The Good Lie Reviews

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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
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.
October 26, 2014
There's a sense that The Good Lie wants to say something profound but the message is as muddled as its delineation of history is.
October 23, 2014
The main characters are played by actual refugees-two of whom were child soldiers-and their uninflected, authoritative performances compensate for the feel-good simplifications of Margaret Nagle's script.
October 16, 2014
A well-told tale that illuminates the experiences of the 20,000 "lost boys" (and girls) of Sudan, with such grace, insight and humor, it can be forgiven a few simplifying liberties taken in the name of moving the narrative along.
October 16, 2014
If a moviegoer can't cry for the great tragedy of these Sudanese children, and be touched by their small victories, then who on earth deserves our tears and cheers?
October 15, 2014
If a measure of tasteful restraint is detectable, it serves at least to allow for the depiction of human emotion instead of the market-driven blandification of history.
October 3, 2014
It's often earnest to a fault and fearful of its deeper, darker implications. Still, you won't leave The Good Lie unmoved. Its heart really is in the right place,
October 3, 2014
You heard of a feel-good movie? This is a feel-right movie.
October 3, 2014
Director Philippe Felardeau finds some extraordinary landscapes here. And his camera also lingers over his characters' faces, striking maps of their pain, their hunger, their loss.
October 2, 2014
"The Good Lie" may be a little too soft. But it largely avoids mawkish sentimentality and casts a glow that is increasingly absent nowadays from films depicting international strife.
October 2, 2014
The Good Lie honestly earns its laughter and tears, even if it has to do so by way of some Hollywood window dressing.
October 2, 2014
The pieces don't always fit together as neatly as you might wish, but if you let it, "The Good Lie's" heartwarming soul will win you over.
Top Critic
October 2, 2014
A big, eager puppy of an issue movie that plants its paws on your chest and licks away at your cheek in eager expectation of praise.
October 2, 2014
The political becomes personal, eye-opening and moving in The Good Lie.
October 2, 2014
This is very much a mainstream movie meant to shine a light on the plight of people who were ignored for too long. For that reason alone, it's well worth seeing.
October 2, 2014
In substance as well as style, "The Good Lie" amounts to two films joined together; the first is very good, the second good enough.
October 2, 2014
There are lessons to be learned here. And ultimately the heart of "The Good Lie" is in the right place.
October 2, 2014
In a bait-and-switch worthy of its title, "The Good Lie" may lure in viewers eager to see a Reese Witherspoon movie, but they'll fall in love with something else entirely.
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