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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Little White Lies is never boring, always watchable, always reasonably rewarding. It's just that, when it's over, 2 1/2 hours seems too big an investment for just pretty good. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    You're tempted to keep watching, even though the running time is a bloated 154 minutes, to see if anyone, or the movie itself, turns remotely likable. The answer to that, alas, is no. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Little White Lies wants to capture something momentous and meaningful in these people's lives. But ultimately it's hard to care. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The boat rides and picnics we're privy to are an enjoyable way to get to a bittersweet conclusion. Yet it's hard not to feel like we've taken this trip before. show more

  • 60
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Thanks to a sparkling ensemble headed by Francois Cluzet and Marion Cotillard, the familiar backdrop still provides ample opportunity for audience pleasing in Guillaume Canet's nicely observed dramatic comedy. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Cluzot, with his uncanny resemblance to Dustin Hoffman, is an engaging actor who effortlessly summons up inner neurosis. The others are all skilled at light wit and banter; in a way, the film is simply a record of the French being French. show more

  • 75
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Whereas "Chill" attempted to define a generation, "Lies" is more of a statement about the nature and limits of friendship. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    France's friendship dramedy Little White Lies is such a blatant rip-off of a far better American movie that it could have been called "Le Big Chill." show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The French have an entirely different idea of what constitutes a "comedy" from the Americans. Little White Lies is classified as a "comedy" in its country of origin. I suppose that's meant in a Shakespearean sense, because there's not a lot of humor in Canet's screenplay, which is primarily dramatic and includes scenes of outright tragedy. show more

  • 63
    Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine

    The specific narrative handicaps throughout are mostly too banal to warrant exegesis, though the choice of vintage pop tunes for dramatic underscoring is particularly grating. show more

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