The Good Lie
The Good Lie (2014)

They were known simply as "The Lost Boys." Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 23, 2014
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Good Lie sacrifices real-life nuance in order to turn its true story into a Hollywood production, but the results still add up to a compelling, well-acted, and deeply moving drama.

James Berardinelli

There's a sense that The Good Lie wants to say something profound but the message is as muddled as its delineation of history is.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

If a moviegoer can't cry for the great tragedy of these Sudanese children, and be touched by their small victories, then who on earth deserves our tears and cheers?

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A fascinating look at what happened to many Sudanese refugees, but also at how people who come from underprivileged parts of the world experience the United States.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The main characters are played by actual refugees-two of whom were child soldiers-and their uninflected, authoritative performances compensate for the feel-good simplifications of Margaret Nagle's script.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

It's often earnest to a fault and fearful of its deeper, darker implications. Still, you won't leave The Good Lie unmoved. Its heart really is in the right place,

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Benefits from Reece Witherspoon's understated performance. ..a gentle giant and beautifully restrained film.

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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A well-told tale that illuminates the experiences of the 20,000 "lost boys" (and girls) of Sudan, with such grace, insight and humor, it can be forgiven a few simplifying liberties taken in the name of moving the narrative along.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Director Philippe Felardeau finds some extraordinary landscapes here. And his camera also lingers over his characters' faces, striking maps of their pain, their hunger, their loss.

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Todd Jorgenson

This glossy dramatization of the Lost Boys story at least keeps the focus on its Sudanese subjects while relegating the roles of the well-intentioned Americans to those of facilitators instead of saviors.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Bradley Wright
The Good Lie may go a little off the deep end with the fish out of water humor, but it succeeds at being a emotional and effective drama with great performances… More
Andreia Cordeiro
A true story about Sudan refugees, what they have gone through and how they adapted to life on America.
Glenn Gaylord
REESE IN PIECES - My Review of THE GOOD LIE Historically, Hollywood has had the best of intentions when depicting a crisis in Africa, but has often felt the… More
Philip Price
The Good Lie is a perfectly good movie. It has simple aspirations and intentions and within these goals it does what it sets out to do with perfectly reasonable… More
John Ballantine
Mediocre Falardeau. This tale is very paint by numbers. A good morality tale that should have been told with more unique angles. Reese Witherspoon evidently… More