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The Invention of Lying

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In a world where people speak the truth and have no concept ofdeception, a young man about to lose everything invents the 'lie' for personal gain. When every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lies his way to fame and fortune.
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The premise is clever but the film is not bold enough
June 29, 2011
At the Movies
It's bogged down in too many squishy romantic-comedy pieties.
October 05, 2009
Despite the ambitious scope of its premise, this confounding, disappointing and, in the end, depressing movie is content to devote 80 percent of its screen time to wondering who gets to kiss the girl.
October 02, 2009
While there is nothing wrong with a comedy engaging in religious satire, neither Gervais nor Robinson seems willing to take on the topic thoughtfully.
October 27, 2010
Time Out
That a great comic idea does not necessarily make for a great screen comedy is the lesson for first-time writer-director-star Ricky Gervais as he comes unstuck.
October 04, 2009
There are cycles of inspiration and rebirth, but the barbed promise of the early going loses its way in choices aimed at sentimentality rather than, as Harvey Kurtzman memorably put it, humor in a jugular vein.
November 22, 2009
New Yorker
The last third of the movie is as bad as anything I've seen this year, with the laughs trailing off, and half of the supporting characters, the zestier ones, being airbrushed from the frame.
October 05, 2009