Jakob the Liar
Jakob the Liar (1999)

This remake of the 1975 German film Jakob der Lügner stars Robin Williams in a dramatic role as a man who uses his active imagination to bring a ray of hope where hope was all but unknown. Jakob Heym (Robin Williams) is the owner of a small… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 24, 1999
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Any real story is buried by awkward performances and contrived situations.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

Seems forced, calculating, self-conscious.

Todd McCarthy

A markedly better picture than Roberto Benigni's far more sentimental Oscar collector.

Michael Dequina

So sternly manipulative that it becomes a chore to watch.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

I never lost awareness that I was watching actors speaking lines, not real people.

Roger Ebert
At the Movies

Jakob the Liar wants the freedom of the Benigni film but doesn't want to pay the dues.

Rob Gonsalves

Jakob the Liar isn't nearly as intolerable as you might expect of a Holocaust fable starring Robin Williams.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Jakob the Liar deserves a place alongside Life Is Beautiful and, yes, even Schindler's List.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Peter Kassovitz establishes an effectively grim, cramped yet barren setting, making respectful use of locations in Poland and Budapest.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A sober drama about hope as a postive spiritual force.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=darkred]In the fickle entertainment industry of celluloid, nothing can be as detremental to a film's success as timimg. And the latest… More
Sarah Prisbylla
I liked it. It was definately a different spin on the typical Holocaust movie. I liked the ending as well.
Naughtia Nahazhina
I loved this movie. Robin Williams and Liev Schreiber were outstanding. This movie is set during WW2 in Warsaw where Nazis have taken control of a community of… More
Leo L
Beautiful movie!
Marcus Woolcott
I admire Robin Williams as an actor but I have no time for "holocaust" movies. To me they are nothing more than awards bait. I don't believe a… More

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