The Invention of Lying
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The Invention of Lying
"The Invention of Lying" takes place in an alternate reality in which lying--even the concept of a lie--does not even exist. Everyone--from politicians to advertisers to the man and woman on the street--speaks the truth and nothing but the truth with no thought of the consequences. But when a down-on-his-luck loser named Mark suddenly develops the ability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a world where every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lies his way to fame and fortune. But lies have a way of spreading, and Mark begins to realize that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Light and disposable entertainment to be sure, but that trademark dry Gervais wit keeps the proceedings engaging enough."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The premise is clever but the film is not bold enough"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A high-concept, laugh-free over-indulgence that blows up terribly in the face of its smug star."
‑ Simon Foster,
"It's bogged down in too many squishy romantic-comedy pieties."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"As mildly amusing as it can be in places, it still won't convince non-fans that Gervais can play anything other than the fool."
‑ Ali Gray,
"The comedy is definitely there, but a heavy romantic focus drags it down in parts."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"Gervais's attempts at ridiculing faith through satire only ends up becoming an offensive caricature backed with atheistic egotism."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"I think the first half hour would be almost impossible to sustain because it is so inspired."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Gervais' satiric barbs on religion, beauty, disillusionment and the basic human need for hope aim for our comfort zones, and they all hit home."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"While there is nothing wrong with a comedy engaging in religious satire, neither Gervais nor Robinson seems willing to take on the topic thoughtfully."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"There's clear comic potential in the film's high concept, and a fair amount of it is realized."
‑ Peter Canavese, Palo Alto Weekly
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