The Good Liar

critic Reviews

63% Fresh Tomatometer Score63%
  • The Good Liar is less than the sum of its prestigious parts, but Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren keep the proceedings consistently watchable.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    It's an enthralling exercise but a peculiarly cerebral one -- a psychological thriller without the thrills.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    Wait for Britbox.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    McKellen and Mirren are game, but "The Good Liar" is running a clunky con.
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    Rex ReedObserver
    For their first appearance together onscreen, [Condon] distills from the McKellen-Mirren team an energy that is devastating.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    The more we learn about the main characters, the less we believe they'd do the things they do.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Kenneth TuranLos Angeles Times
    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.
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    Steven SheehanThe Digital Fix
    It would take a good liar to tell you this succeeds as a taut thriller, but even that wouldn't be able to cover up the truth.
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    Marshall EstesThe Spool
    Despite The Good Liar's many plot issues, it remains a cracker of a thriller that's worth a watch.
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    Lisa NesselsonFrance24
    It's hard to guess the motivations of the characters...Mirren and McKellen are always fun to watch, no matter the material, but this material is wobbly.
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    Julian Lytleidobi.com
    The Good Liar is going to be a fall gem, it's a movie truly for adults in a growing sea of franchise tentpole releases this winter.
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