Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
In its amiable, quiet, PG-13 way, The Invention of Lying is a remarkably radical comedy.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The performances are razor sharp. And the ideas in this movie are, no kidding, big.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Gervais and Robinson take what might have been a cute concept comedy and elevate it to delicious heights.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Ricky Gervais, instead of resting on formula and on a familiar persona, uses his first opportunity as a big-screen actor-director to make an original comedy that expresses some real thinking and feeling.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
By adhering to the romantic-comedy formula, The Invention of Lying stops short of being truly inventive. But enough sequences are fresh and inspired to make this a comedy honestly worth catching.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
Invention - a mash-up of two Jim Carrey comedies, "Liar Liar" and "Bruce Almighty" - flirts with being a one-gag pony. Shocking sincerity loses its comic impact after a while.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
For its first stingingly funny half hour, The Invention of Lying had me thinking that Ricky Gervais had finally found a way to bring his indisputable brilliance at TV comedy (The Office, Extras) to the big screen. Then the air went out of the balloon. What a shame.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Once it's high-concept plot kicks in, Gervais' hilariously self-deprecating persona is really all that keeps it grounded.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
With The Invention of Lying, the British comic actor Ricky Gervais has come up with a wickedly funny idea for a movie - and then purged the wickedness right out of it.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
In the spirit of that world, I cannot tell a lie: The Invention of Lying, which the English comedian both directed and wrote with Matthew Robinson, soon loses altitude and eventually falls flat.
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58 out of 100
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