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Based on 12 Reviews
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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. The truth is, that kind of thing is never easy, no matter what age. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Likeably shaggy, it has arthouse appeal and a winning cast. show more

  • 65
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Lie is dark enough, but it has affection for its characters and doesn't destroy them. It paints them in three fallible human dimensions, and the actors are warm and plausible. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Good enough to almost overlook a so-so ending. show more

  • 25
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    It's hard to say which is worse: the unfunny caricatures or the indulgent soul-searching. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well. show more

  • 75
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    It's a film that casually mixes comedy with dread more or less deftly until faltering near the end. Up to then, however, it imparts the sensation that, along with Lonnie, you are being cooked alive in a pot of water that's slowly but steadily heating up toward the boiling point. show more

  • 90
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 40

    Thinly amusing tale with not-especially-appealing characters. show more

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