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The Good Liar Reviews

November 27, 2019
It's an enthralling exercise but a peculiarly cerebral one -- a psychological thriller without the thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 22, 2019
Wait for Britbox.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
November 18, 2019
McKellen and Mirren are game, but "The Good Liar" is running a clunky con.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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November 18, 2019
For their first appearance together onscreen, [Condon] distills from the McKellen-Mirren team an energy that is devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2019
The more we learn about the main characters, the less we believe they'd do the things they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2019
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
The Good Liar is ultimately a near-miss that offers up a few reasonable diversions along the way, the main one being the inspired pairing of the two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2019
The calculation couldn't be clearer. Put two superb performers together and you're on your way to making an exceptional movie. Not so fast, though. The Good Liar is calculation from arch start to hollow finish.
November 14, 2019
It's mostly good fun, though the final plot contrivance feels like a letdown. Still, with McKellen and Mirren for company, you could do a lot worse than "The Good Liar."
November 14, 2019
The fun of "The Good Liar" is that, just when you think you've got a proper handle on what's going on, your reality is completely shattered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2019
Yes, you would watch Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren in virtually anything. You just wish it wasn't this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 14, 2019
To avoid ruining the film, you should not only stop reading this review, but also pass on seeing the movie, which tips its hand practically from the moment the main characters meet.
November 14, 2019
But in trying to take a simple crime set-up and stretch it into a more sweeping tale of vengeance and victimhood, "The Good Liar" has to make some fairly preposterous moves to get there, and it doesn't do a very good job of cloaking them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2019
Instead of deepening his material, Condon has made an unsuccessful fling of a movie: fun for a while, but trying to get as far as it can by leaving crucial material off of its profile.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 13, 2019
As a movie, "The Good Liar" is just so-so, but as a master class in performance and star quality, it's a pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2019
"The Good Liar" takes its sweet time to pick up steam and pulls its punches in places where it could have been even darker and more daring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2019
Even these two knighted performers -- in a rare star vehicle for a pair of senior citizens -- can't elevate this adaptation of Nicholas Searle's book, which clearly wants to be twisty and Hitchcockian but never quite gets there.
November 13, 2019
The story, which is ultimately about how we wish to portray ourselves, lands well enough, for the most part.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2019
Unfortunately, the ball these masters are playing with manages the perplexing trick of being worn and waterlogged while also far too bouncy: stodginess and over-plotting is not a good combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 12, 2019
The Good Liar gives its jig up early, though, and overcompensates with a third-act pivot that isn't so much shrewd as it is out-of-nowhere preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 12, 2019
Or to put it another way, walking in, you already know it's going to be good. You don't know that it's going to be this much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2019
It's Mirren and McKellen who make it sing. When the focus is on them as a couple, they're a joy. They are the new Hepburn and Tracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 8, 2019
The Good Liar offers an antidote to prejudice of all kinds, via sights and sounds best described as rainbow-hued.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 8, 2019
The big reveal of this con-man potboiler may be weapons-grade tosh, but you shouldn't let it detract too much from the enjoyable ride to that point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2019
A wicked little thriller that delights in the moment at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 7, 2019
It is hard to believe anything in a film that seems, itself, no more than a contrived "date" for two ennobled luvvies who valiantly stir their shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 7, 2019
The film really wants to be either a thriller or a caper. Unfortunately, it has neither the excitement necessary for the former nor the fun required of the latter.
November 7, 2019
It contains precisely zero good lies, and no one's much good even at the bad ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 7, 2019
Square, tame and tidy as the London-area house kept by Mirren's primly elegant, creamy-complexioned septuagenarian, The Good Liar is a work of skill but little spark.
November 7, 2019
The pleasure of "The Good Liar," and it's a major one, is the chance to watch Mirren and McKellen act together in a cat-and-mouse duet that turns into an elegant waltz of affection and deception.
November 7, 2019
This movie rattles along with terrific energy and dash and the flashback sequences show that it's actually far more daring and ambitious that you might expect. It's a great duel between McKellen and Mirren.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5