• Released
  • September 24, 1999
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 54 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Tragi-comedy
Jakob the Liar Synopsis
A man (Robin Williams) spreads hopeful news during World War II.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Deserves a place alongside "Life Is Beautiful" and, yes, even "Schindler's List."
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Of course, there's still the Williams schmaltz factor.
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63

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
As earnest as the performances are, something seems to be lost in the translation.
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50

Chicago Tribune

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I never lost awareness that I was watching actors speaking lines, not real people --a problem I didn't have in the more unreal "Life Is...
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50

Miami Herald

By Curtis Morgan
Flat and forced, Jakob the Liar aspires to be a poignant parable about the power of hope but instead uses one of humanity's greatest...
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
What it isn't ... is a particularly compelling contribution to the impressive and by now enormous collection of Holocaust movies.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I prefer "Life Is Beautiful," which is clearly a fantasy, to Jakob the Liar, which is just as contrived and manipulative but pretends it is...
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
An awkwardly executed, tedious and -- a near impossibility for a Holocaust movie -- emotionally uninvolving bore.
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30

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The self-congratulatory histrionics of Williams, lower lip trembling as he triumphs over torture in the name of the human spirit,...
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19

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
A trial of cliche, strained optimism, and dire quasi-comedy.
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Rated PG-13
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Anemic Holocaust tale may stir kids' interest.
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