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THE GOOD LIAR

 
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At Theaters: 11/15/2019 On Video: 2/4/2020
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 49 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601459
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.
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Drama - This is a mystery/thriller aimed at an older adult audience, and fans of stars Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen will enjoy this more entertainment-minded change of pace project for them. Language, violence, nudity, and sexual content make the film not for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Helen Mirren ANNA, THE LEISURE SEEKER, WINCHESTER
Ian McKellen ALL IS TRUE, MR. HOLMES
Director: Bill Condon BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MR. HOLMES, THE FIFTH ESTATE
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 12 F-words; 2 S-words; very few others.
SEX/NUDITY: A rape and unrelated nudity.
VIOLENCE: A rape; bloody shootings and killings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco and frequent alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Occasional comic lines.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average For roughly the first half, the film is reasonably light and diverting. But over the course of the second, it starts introducing some fairly dark thematic material that jibes uneasily with the earlier tone, and then leads to some revelations in the final act that are so bleak and despairing that they wind up throwing the whole film off balance.

NY Post Full Review
Good A taut thriller,...keeps you guessing 'til its explosive end. 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. A few times. ...the film is a thriller...

Rolling Stone Full Review
Below Average Two veteran performers do their best to lift up this wobbly drama... You're waiting to see what the endgame is here — and when director Bill Condon...finally do lay it all out, you may find yourself picking your jaw off the floor. Not in a good way, either...

Slant Magazine Full Review
Above Average ...efficient and consumable, if a bit hollow. ...though it's never especially difficult to anticipate at least the general direction in which the plot's twists are taking us, it's an enjoyable couple of hours, held together by strong performances and an unpretentious presentation.

The Guardian Full Review
Above Average ...is at its sparky best when Mirren and McKellen are on screen, waltzing smoothly through a plot that feels like a Russian doll of deeper and deeper deceptions. Flashes of violence are effectively jarring when juxtaposed with the chintzy cosiness of much of the film.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 35 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
1
Fairly Low
100%
13-19Teens (F)
1
Fairly Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
Fairly Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
1
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
11
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
20
Fairly High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 35 moviegoers:
TEENS: The male and female teens thought it was an OK film.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone male thought it was OK and the lone female enjoyed it very much, rating it "above average."
ADULTS: For this small, non-blockbuster sized film, these reviews are quite good. Half the males and 45% of the females loved it. Another 30% of the males and 40% of the females enjoyed it very much. Only about 20% of both the males and females rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).

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