L.I.E. (2001)

A teenaged boy in desperate need of a father figure finds one in a place no one should ever have to look in this controversial drama. Howie (Paul Franklin Dano) is a 15-year-old who has been emotionally at sea ever since the death of his… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: September 7, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: L.I.E. is a well-acted and unsettling look at a boy's relationship with a pedophile.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Cuesta never gives us the satisfaction of fulfilling our expectations; instead he gives us a movie that we can ponder long the road takes its final turn.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Difficult and flawed feature debut.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...worth checking out for Cox's amazing performance...

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Recoiling from L.I.E. is a very human, and frankly a very responsible, reaction.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Gripping, troubling, and deftly acted.

Moira Sullivan

Cuesta has succeeded in making a clear and captivating narrative involving the issues of trust, loss and deceit, all of which take place within the space of a week.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A mature, insightful and extremely well-acted study.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

One of the most provocative independent films of the year.

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Joshua Tanzer

Raises the bar on the coming-of-age story with a tightly focused portrait of a 15-year-old who looks for a father figure and finds his kindly neighborhood sexual predator.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Lady D'arbanville
This is a fairly well acted film with part of the story being of a disturbing nature. The power of suggestion is everything in this film and heightens the… More
Nicki Marie
This was impossible to find as a rental, so I ended up having to buy it from overseas! Glad I did, it was definitely worth a watch. I love this twisted teen… More
Leigh Ryan
Good, but be ready for some biting qualities.
Tom Ericksen
this is the most real portrayal of pedophilia I've ever seen in the movies --
Conner Rainwater
Amazing. The film covered so much ground and officially went where no coming-of-age story has ever dared to go. Paul Dano was dead on, one of the most… More
Jesse Ortega
I never thought I'd say these words when describing a film, but this movie has the nicest pedophile I have ever seen. I don't mean to say that the… More

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