A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
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A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as 'the dead one from Monty Python', writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liar's Autobiography. Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, A Liar's Autobiography - and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman's voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The varying tones give a patchy feel to the enterprise without adding up to anything as radical as the Pythons' own assault on TV conventions. A cordial tribute to a fascinating chap nonetheless."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"It's a very naughty tome, with many dangling bits."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The experience of A Liar's Autobiography is ultimately deflating instead of celebratory."
‑ Violet Lucca, Film Comment Magazine
"Subtitled "The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman", this outrageously colourful animated movie certainly can't be pigeonholed as a documentary or a biopic, even though there are elements of each."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"Bafflingly unfunny, and made with a ruinous lack of guiding intelligence."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The film's mostly for Python completists, of whom there are many, as well as for animation junkies who will groove on the grab bag of styles."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It's like watching Yellow Submarine laid over a celebrity-therapy episode of Dr. Phil."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Even at 85 minutes, the movie often drags as if there was insufficient quality material to draw upon."
‑ Brian Pendreigh, Radio Times
"Liar's doesn't give us much insight into the meaning of his life."
‑ Grant Rollings, Sun Online
"Fades in the mind all too quickly."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Little White Lies
"Apart from Chapman's dry observational tone and the others' silly voices, there's not much here to touch Python fans accustomed to soaring in a higher stratosphere of humour."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Alternately brilliant and frustrating."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"That the film is a bit of a mess reflects Chapman's life precisely."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Not just for Python fans."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The film is an engaging trip: miscellaneous, wittily surreal, with a sadness to lend it a structuring heartbeat."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times