The Invention of Lying
The Invention of Lying (2009)

"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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 2, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It doesn't quite follow through on its promise, and relies too heavily on shopworn romantic comedy tropes, but The Invention of Lying is uncommonly sly and funny.

Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Michael Dequina

Light and disposable entertainment to be sure, but that trademark dry Gervais wit keeps the proceedings engaging enough.

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A.O. Scott
At the Movies

It's bogged down in too many squishy romantic-comedy pieties.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Ali Gray

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

I think the first half hour would be almost impossible to sustain because it is so inspired.

Dana Stevens

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.

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Neil Pond
American Profile

Gervais' satiric barbs on religion, beauty, disillusionment and the basic human need for hope aim for our comfort zones, and they all hit home.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
In a world where everyone tells the truth (even when unprovoked - a nit at which this and many other reviewers have picked), Mark Bellison discovers that he can… More
Alex roy
The Invention of Lying is a terrific comedy directed by the great Ricky Gervais. This is a smartly crafted film with great acting and it has a wonderful script… More
Stuart Brooks
Amusing if not exceptional comedy, Gervais has yet to make a movie that is anywhere near as enjoyable or original as one of his many TV shows.
Joshua Wilburn
A really clever well written film.
Dean King
Oh dear this looked ok from the trailer. Thought it would be a mix of Liar, Liar with Bruce Almighty. Unfortunately n where near as funny as those two. In fact… More
Directors Cat
It might not be a film that does what it says on the packet and it's premise is essentially a one trick pony. But Ricky Gervais' accidental romantic… More