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The Good Liar (2019)



Critic Consensus: The Good Liar is less than the sum of its prestigious parts, but Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren keep the proceedings consistently watchable.

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Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes. Legendary actors Mirren and McKellen star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.

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Helen Mirren
as Betty McLeish
Ian McKellen
as Roy Courtnay
Jim Carter
as Vincent
Lily Dodsworth-Evans
as Hannalore Schröder
Phil Dunster
as Young Roy
Michael Culkin
as Dr. Livesey
Nell Williams
as Young Lili
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All Critics (153) | Top Critics (31)

It's an enthralling exercise but a peculiarly cerebral one -- a psychological thriller without the thrills.

November 27, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Wait for Britbox.

November 22, 2019 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

McKellen and Mirren are game, but "The Good Liar" is running a clunky con.

November 18, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

For their first appearance together onscreen, [Condon] distills from the McKellen-Mirren team an energy that is devastating.

November 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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The more we learn about the main characters, the less we believe they'd do the things they do.

November 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Through it all, however, Mirren and McKellen never waver. Smooth at being smooth, their conviction always convinces us, and their ability to register multiple subtle changes of emotion is consistently impressive.

November 15, 2019 | Full Review…

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