The Lie

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Deciding he needs some time away from his soul-killing job, a man (Joshua Leonard) tells a shocking lie to explain his absence.

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  • The acting in The Lie -- including a nice bit by Mark Webber as a stoner pal who lectures Leonard on responsibility -- is good enough to almost overlook a so-so ending.

    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Comprising small, near-perfect scenes played out largely at dinner tables and on couches, "The Lie" wonders if it's possible to rewrite lives and remake choices.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • It doesn't try too hard, but what "The Lie" is working at, in its unassuming, amusing way, is a mini-portrait of growing pains in a time of extended adolescence.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Lie's payoff strikes an unexpected, refreshingly open note that makes this slight little indie more resonant than its scale suggests.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

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  • Here's a film in which the actors create plausible people we would probably like. They're loose inside the skins of their characters.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well.

    November 15, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

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