The Good Liar

critic Reviews

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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Richard von BusackMetroActive
    Happily, Bill Condon's The Good Liar rejoices in old age's boundless capacity for treachery -- a senior citizen's dirty avidity for just one more piece of pie.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Margot HarrisonSeven Days
    The movie's advertising emphasizes the Mirren/McKellen matchup, and anyone who comes primarily to see two acting giants play off each other won't be disappointed on that score.
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    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    Mirren and McKellen are always enjoyably watchable and they elevate a too twisty by half script.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It [begins] like a good David Mamet play woven into a good Agatha Christie mystery... They undermine it all at the end of the movie... Nevertheless, wonderful performances by Helen [Mirren] and Ian [McKellen].
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Suzette SmithThe Stranger (Seattle, WA)
    Ultimately, The Good Liar is too serious for a movie about hot elders trying to pretend they don't speak German.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Susan GrangerSSG Syndicate
    Slyly sophisticated crime caper, revolving around sociopathic vengeance.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Abbie BernsteinAssignment X
    One of those satisfyingly twisty thrillers made nigh-perfect by the presence of Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen in the leads.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    McKellen and Mirren are game, but "The Good Liar" is running a clunky con.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Rex ReedObserver
    For their first appearance together onscreen, [Condon] distills from the McKellen-Mirren team an energy that is devastating.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Wendy ShreveFeaturing Film
    Thankfully, for the first time, these two acting phenoms have decided to unite and enthrall the audience with their seamless craft.
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