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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Hartley's debut deserves heralding; he combines a rigorous social conscience with the exuberance of fresh comic thinking. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    The Unbelievable Truth captivates with its committedly off-center vision of suburban angst. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What makes the film fun is the deadpan, tongue-in-cheek humor that undermines the seemingly sincere dramatic scenes. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Unbelievable Truth is just that - epistemology served up with pop panache and a comic twist. [27 Jul 1990] show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    If the film's diffidence is its greatest charm, it is also, in the end, its greatest limitation-it's a movie that seems afraid to declare itself, to make the big move that might propel it from the pleasant to the memorable. [03 Aug 1990] show more

  • 50
    Boston Globe

    While Hartley, who made this movie on a shoestring budget, has avant on his mind, he's not nuanced enough to quite pull it off. [03 Aug 1990] show more

  • 80

    It’s drifty, dreamy quality that, contrary to the film’s indie-cool ingredients, makes it eminently watchable and modern. show more

  • 58
    Baltimore Sun

    Hartley is grasping at, and only fitfully achieving, an overall tone of mordancy - formally called "black humor" - rather than believability. [25 Oct 1990] show more

  • 80
    Washington Post

    The unbelievable truth about The Unbelievable Truth is that this offbeat, accomplished darkish comedy is the feature film debut of its writer-director-editor-producer Hal Hartley, and lead actors Adrienne Shelly and Robert Burke. show more

  • 70
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    As an antic romantic comedy it's fresh and actually gets somewhere. [17 Aug 1990] show more

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