The Good Lie Synopsis
An American woman (Reese Witherspoon) helps young Sudanese refugees adjust to new lives in America.
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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
The heart of the film derives from the fact that the more they all get to know each other, the more they all mature and their differences...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
While The Good Lie certainly doesn’t shy away from scenes designed to make us shake our heads at man’s inhumanity to man and scenes...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Leslie Felperin
The Good Lie is a touching, generous-hearted movie, sensitively directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) working with a smart, sly,...
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The Good Lie may not be anything like Witherspoon’s version of “The Blind Side” (as the ads also imply), but it’s a heart-tugger that’s...
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
A genuinely touching and occasionally powerful film, not least because the boys are so disinclined to pity themselves.
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75

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

By Roger Moore
Rambles a bit and telegraphs its ending. But its earnestness in reminding us of this story and just what America represents to the world’s...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
It's a deeply touching story about survival, perseverance, and hope.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Lie is openhearted, earnest and well-intentioned.
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70

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
This is very much a mainstream movie meant to shine a light on the plight of people who were ignored for too long. For that reason alone,...
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70

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Falardeau actually spent time filming in Sudan for a completely different project back in 1994 before being forced to evacuate by the U.N.,...
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Excellent Movie!

By TLC_28
Wow, I absolutely loved this movie. I went to this movie with my 16 year old daughter, possibly the only person under 30 at the screening and she loved it as well. It's a great drama about the...

"The Good Lie" ... a great film!

By stoutrichard482
An excellent film in all respects. Especially good for youths who are still developing their basic characters. Fosters empathy, compassion, and respect for fellow humans in deep hardship...

The Good Lie

By Mekonesco438
Excellent movie depicting true to life conditions. Acting was superb, especially knowing that the actors were authentic African survivors of the horrible war. Photography was tremendous. Very moving...

heartwarming with real life perspective

By emtomaras
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A Good Lie tells a Great Truth

By juliecttova
Such an amazing story of courage, family, and faith....

Great movie. Highly recommended.

By faugustop3
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An important and good story

By angelathompson28
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Moving, Poignant

By bgwinn950
A touching portrayal of why the U.S. takes in the huddled masses....

The Good Lie

By Sees most
Powerful message well told....

Powerful!

By lgeyer1
Very touching and so nice to view a movie that depicts actual happenings. Those boys were much better 'super heros' as any fake action movie could produce....

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Rated PG-13 | For Drug Use, Brief Strong Language, Some Violence and Thematic Elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Heartbreaking but hopeful drama about Sudanese Lost Boys.
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