The Good Lie
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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 effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. In "The Good Lie," Philippe Falardeau, (writer and director of the Oscar(R)- nominated Foreign Language film "Monsieur Lazhar") brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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?"
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"It's a very good film, with some genuinely poignant moments."
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"One of the smartest choices in "The Good Lie" is to acknowledge that Witherspoon's Carrie has as much to learn from the Sudanese as they do from her."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"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,"
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Charismatic leads and a good heart prove enough for tale of Lost Boys"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"These are performances that blur the line between acting and being."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"Has more truth than expected."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"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."
‑ Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"A moving and haunting script --- also a funny one, at times."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
""The Good Lie," for all its sincerity, has a slick, produced quality to it, a Hollywood sensibility that it simply cannot shake off."
‑ Anders Wright, San Diego Union-Tribune
"If a measure of tasteful restraint is detectable, it serves at least to allow for the depiction of human emotion instead of the market-driven blandification of history."
‑ Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader
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