Where the Truth Lies


Where the Truth Lies

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The belabored noir plotting feels unbelievable, thus removing any sense of suspense. Also, Lohman is badly miscast.



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Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth star as a famous comedy team that splits up after a woman is found dead in their hotel suite. Two decades later, a journalist investigates what really happened in this stylish and riveting mystery directed by Atom Egoyan.


Kevin Bacon
as Lanny Morris
Colin Firth
as Vince Collins
Alison Lohman
as Karen O'Connor
Sonja Bennett
as Bonnie Trout
Rachel Blanchard
as Maureen O'Flaherty
Maury Chaykin
as Sally Sanmarco
Deborah Grover
as Mrs. O'Flaherty
Beau Starr
as Jack Scaglia
Kathryn Winslow
as PR Publicist
Sean Cullen (II)
as Telethon Announcer
Gigi Dalka
as Showgirl
Audrey Dwyer
as Receptionist
Stuart Hughes
as First Journalist
Arsinée Khanjian
as Publishing Executive
Shannon Lawson
as Second Journalist
Aliska Malish
as Grotto Club Woman
Michael J. Reynolds
as John Hillman
Erika Rosenbaum
as Legal Assistant
Simon Sinn
as Stanley
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Critic Reviews for Where the Truth Lies

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (60)

  • The solution to the 'mystery' ... becomes anticlimactic.

    Feb 2, 2006

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • An awkward marriage of smut and smarts that teases on every level but doesn't quite satisfy.

    Dec 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Egoyan simply offers too much in terms of twists and trysts.

    Nov 18, 2005 | Rating: C

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • A mystery-inside- a-mystery that mostly just drives around in search of a nonexistent address and hits dead ends.

    Nov 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • Replete with the sort of wooden acting, sleazy atmosphere and unsexy eroticism one normally associates with late-night Cinemax movies.

    Nov 4, 2005 | Rating: 1/4
  • Every face on screen seems wrong for the part chosen.

    Nov 4, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Where the Truth Lies

  • Jan 07, 2013
    Egoyan gets no love from either the critics or the fans for this work but it is in my opinion one of his strongest works. It is sexy without becoming erotic for the sake of being erotic and deals with complicated relationships. Despite what it is mentioned in other reviews, it works!
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2010
    Although this unremarkable film noir has good pacing and sometimes even seems carefully elaborated, the story is not really compelling or interesting, so you will probably not even remember it after seeing it.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2010
    atom egoyan is one of the best neo-noir directors, along with david lynch, brian de palma, paul verhoren and quentin tarantino since the 90s. i hate to say this but chloe is the first movie of his i saw, then this one. i've been continuously amazed at his stylish perspective to render man's obsession about the womankind in general. there're several formuli on noir: set in the seedy scenes of metropolitans like los angeles, hollywood or new york, and a detective or journalist with urgent pursuit of truth (in other words, an anguish desire to decode the myth behind the veil, such as solving a murder), and the the most ravishing of all: the voyeuristic projection of dramatized sex and twisted love (or another term would be romance without love)...there's also a term called metaphysical detective novel, which was initiated by borges, umberto eco way back in the 80s. in order to create a feeling of de-familiarization, the writers have to complicate the story into a labyrinthine myth, which deludes, misguides then leads you into the astray path while distracted by vast amount of gore and intensified sex. but the ending always results in a dystopic dissolution of its motif. its purpose is demystification through extreme mystisfactions. the plots of "where the truth lies" is literally process of seeking the real cause of death of an unknown young woman who dies in the royal suite of two hollywood superstars in 1950s. egoyan explores a lot upon the mentality of sex, for example, in one scene, kevin bacon's character narrates that he prefers the missionary position just to detect what his sex-mate is really thinking during it, but the woman stares fiercely back at him as if his soul becomes suddenly transparent. it has one of those explicitly titilating discussion on sex by creating great many interesting ways to fetishize and deitify woman in a not so depthless manner. no matter how creative their perspectives (or POV, more professionally speaking) could be, it's still phallocentric, and noir is an inevitably phallocentric genre. but in a phallocentric genre as this, directors like egoyan or lynch always invent the most imaginatively provocative form of homoerotic love scenes (lesbiano-erotic, correctly speaking) to render man's endless fascination and obsessive curisiosity for female sexuality. remember david lynch's muholland drive? the scene naomi watts kisses laura harring....if you saw this, you would get a clue about what i just said. as for this one, it's alice in the wonderland with a naughty twist. the pornographical version of alice in wonderland, mingled with strong insinuation of cunnilingus(am i explict enough here), accelerated through hallucinationary acid. and this is created by A MAN, who is better than any female directors at composing a female homoerotic scene!!! i have to say, whether it's chloe or where the truth lies, either one of these two egoyan's movies (with a lesbian twist) is far sexier and more entincing than "if the wall could walk 1 or 2" or even "high art" or "the kids are all right"...because the women are objectively evolved into the niche of misty mirage, and the man, the viewer would spend great efforts to grasp a piece of her ike groping an object blind-foldedly within a milky fog! and you cannot say it's deragatory, somehow it's quite compimentary to woman despite its relentless fetishization, with a sense of masochistic romanticism contradicted with a misogynistic resistance. btw, chloe is really great, and seriously under-rated. (if you wanna avoid this one for some silly misjudgement you hear from others, you would be missing one of the sexiest and most arousing love scenes..the loss is yours, not miine. hehe)
    Veronique K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2010
    Atom Egoyan's most daring picture. I don't understand why a lot of people thought Alison Lohman was badly miscast. She wasn't bad at all and she pretty much held my attention throughtout the rest of the picture. Kevin Bacon is good as Lanny Morris and so is Rachel Blanchard as Maureen but the best performance comes from Colin Firth as Vince Collins, who is a sharp character with a conscience even when he's at his most vulnerable. The best scene in the picture is the menage à trois sequence and the very last act of the picture. Not because of the sexual acts the characters engage in but the way how important key information is mentioned through flashback and voiceover. I can understand why such and such has happened, who was the real accomplice in the murder, and who was the one made responsible and why. Egoyan's filmmaking trademarks is evident in "Where The Truth Lies", shifting the narrative through time, making me drift through the process while also being fascinated on screen. Themes involving damaged women is evident, first with Maureen, then Karen (Lohman) and a maybe a third would be the young girl who portrays Alice (Kristin Adams). WTTL almost feels like a TV movie, and yet at the same time the picture left quite an impression on me. It's one of those picture I wouldn't mind going back to.
    Brian R Super Reviewer

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