The Invention of Lying Synopsis
In a land where falsehood is unknown, a writer learns to lie for personal gain.
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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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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The performances are razor sharp. And the ideas in this movie are, no kidding, big.
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80

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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75

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...
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75

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...
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63

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...
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63

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...
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60

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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50

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...
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30

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...
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Absolutely don't let bad apples ruin it for you

By gim73
There is alot of hate being written about this great movie. Mostly religious folk are upset because in a world without any fiction whatsoever, religions can't be started. This is a clever movie that...

Religious commentary parading as a comedy--waste of time and money

By hollywouldnt
I went to this movie expecting something more along the lines of Liar, Liar--just straight up comedy. I hardly expected it to turn into a tirade mocking Christianity. As a Christian, I generally just...

Clever, Funny, good date movie

By HowdyQuinn
Many of the negative reviews of this movie need to be written off because they're reactions from those who cannot handle that the movie takes on religion as a lie. If you realize this is just a...

Really people???

By Dmmac80
First off not one of my all time favorites, but it did make me laugh a lot. The first 30 are the funniest string of humor. But the movie does a good job throughout to find absured ways to make some...

I was NOT amused...A romantic comedy without the bad ratings for sex and violence...should be ok..right?

By whitema
WRONG!! This movie is so, so wrong! It's a not so sublte, atheistic propaganda vehicle. The message is that God is simply a lie that we tell ourselves and our loved ones to provide comfort and relief...

I thought it was vey funny! people are too uptight.

By watson1
I'm surprised to read so many bad reviews. I thought it was an extremely funny movie. Although I'll admit that one of the first things I said to my husband upon leaving the theatre was, "I'll bet it...

Five Word Review

By redyeah
Little flat but still funny...

The Invention of Lying is a lie

By jimjoel49
Ricky Gervais lied to us that this was a comedy about the invention of lying. The truth is Gervais hid the fact that this movie was a comedy about attacking God. Never once in the advertisement or in...

Anything to make a buck

By mrcburns
Although I admit there were laughs, I found this movie offensive to the core of my faith. The beginning of the movie started out ok, then rapidly went down hill. There is humor related to the...

Don't believe the bad reviews

By nichirensman
I set up an account just to rebut the bad reviews for this film. It is made to make you think. The subject matter is graphic and blunt in places to contextualize the parallel world where no...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For language including some sexual material and a drug reference
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 14 & under Gervais' irreverent fable isn't meant for kids.
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