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Based on 25 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 30
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The self-congratulatory histrionics of Williams, lower lip trembling as he triumphs over torture in the name of the human spirit, represents a trend in Hollywood to make accessible melodrama out of unspeakable tragedy. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    What it isn't ... is a particularly compelling contribution to the impressive and by now enormous collection of Holocaust movies. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    An awkwardly executed, tedious and -- a near impossibility for a Holocaust movie -- emotionally uninvolving bore. show more

  • 19
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    A trial of cliche, strained optimism, and dire quasi-comedy. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Deserves a place alongside "Life Is Beautiful" and, yes, even "Schindler's List." show more

  • 63
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    As earnest as the performances are, something seems to be lost in the translation. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I prefer "Life Is Beautiful," which is clearly a fantasy, to Jakob the Liar, which is just as contrived and manipulative but pretends it is not. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    I never lost awareness that I was watching actors speaking lines, not real people --a problem I didn't have in the more unreal "Life Is Beautiful." show more

  • 50
    Curtis Morgan Miami Herald

    Flat and forced, Jakob the Liar aspires to be a poignant parable about the power of hope but instead uses one of humanity's greatest tragedies for trite melodrama. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    More altruistic would be if Williams stopped torturing us with weepy endearments so he could look for that complex clown who used to mug just for laughs. show more

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