Where the Truth Lies
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A reporter unexpectedly gets a personal perspective on a legendary show-business story in this adaptation of Rupert Holmes' novel, scripted and directed by noted Canadian independent filmmaker Atom Egoyan. In the mid-'50s, Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) and Vince Collins (Colin Firth) were a wildly popular comedy team who suddenly and unexpectedly broke up at the peak of their popularity. Fifteen years after Morris and Collins called it quits, journalist Karen O'Connor (Alison Lohman), who has earned a reputation for her celebrity exposés, wants to write about the true story of what… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The solution to the 'mystery' ... becomes anticlimactic."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Replete with the sort of wooden acting, sleazy atmosphere and unsexy eroticism one normally associates with late-night Cinemax movies."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A metaphysical whodunit"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Egoyan's hypnotic new movie is a meditation on truth, identity, innocence and murder, a puzzle palace filled with locked rooms and dubious keys that stick at every turn."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"Sexy, stylish and hugely entertaining mystery drama with a sharp script, gorgeous set design and superb performances from all three leads - this is one of the best films of the year."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Egoyan simply offers too much in terms of twists and trysts."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Every face on screen seems wrong for the part chosen."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Egoyan employs a keen sense of mise en scene to capture an atmosphere of '50s and '60s showbiz excess that percolates beneath the story of flawed people making tragic mistakes."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"As it turns out, the furor and hubbub about the ratings squabbles over Where the Truth Lies may have just been a smokescreen to cover up the film's storytelling deficiencies."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A sodden, humorless mess full of lifeless performances (except for Lohman, whose work is just bad), purposeless convolutions, and lethargic pacing."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A mystery-inside- a-mystery that mostly just drives around in search of a nonexistent address and hits dead ends."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A mesmerizing show-business Rashomon."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It was unsatisfying in every way possible, but at least Kevin Bacon manages to give his usual good performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A delightfully seedy mystery who's joy lies only in the journey."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"An awkward marriage of smut and smarts that teases on every level but doesn't quite satisfy."
‑ Matthew Leyland, BBC.com
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