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The Lie Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 13, 2011
A film about accountability that repeatedly absolves its lead character of the need to have any.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 15, 2011
It would take considerable skill on both sides of the camera to make this material go, and Leonard, a low-rent Owen Wilson on screen, can't handle the simplest two-shot behind the lens...
Michelle Orange
Movieline
November 17, 2011
Embedded in The Lie is a sharp look at the moral limbo of a complacent life, the self-defeat of committing by halves, the self-interest of false equivalencies - but only the shallowest attempts are made to chip its themes out.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
November 14, 2011
[A] thinly amusing tale with not-especially-appealing characters.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 15, 2011
The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 17, 2011
Here's a film in which the actors create plausible people we would probably like. They're loose inside the skins of their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
February 4, 2011
This mix of laughs and drama is a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Erik Davis
Cinematical
November 14, 2011
An under-the-radar gem that may hit you in ways you never expected long after the credits roll.
Kim Voynar
Movie City News
November 14, 2011
This is an assured directorial debut that goes beyond what we often see out of indie filmmakers.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
November 29, 2011
A well acted and uncommonly assured and engaging portrait of post-millennial and particularly male uncertainty.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 18, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Singer
IFC.com
November 16, 2011
Leonard does a nice job of ramping up the comedy without sacrificing the believability of the world he's established; the movie is very funny at times but it's never outlandish.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 14, 2011
Adaptation of an esteemed New Yorker story lightens the tone successfully while capturing the ugliness of a panic-inspired misstep.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 17, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
December 1, 2011
Leonard plays Lonnie with unflattering commitment: you've gotta credit a fellow who plays feckless, selfish and dim so fully.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
November 14, 2011
It's funny, touching and truthful and its total lack of cynicism is rare but very welcome.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
November 16, 2011
The Lie is a sturdy directorial debut from actor Joshua Leonard.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 17, 2011
The Lie's payoff strikes an unexpected, refreshingly open note that makes this slight little indie more resonant than its scale suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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