The Good Liar

The Good Liar

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The Good Liar

Ian McKellen plays a seasoned con artist looking to swindle a widow (Helen Mirren) he met online in this dramatic thriller directed by Bill Condon (Mr. Holmes). The deceit gets murky, however, when he finds himself genuinely drawn to her.

2019Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language and violence110 minsUSA
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85%
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Pants on Fire

This was a reasonably good thriller. Good acting and stars. Quirky twists, especially the arrival of the police. However the last 20 minutes the story evolved too quickly and lost the depth that had built up through out. Also let down by choice of cinema. Hoyts Riccarton - 25 minutes of adverts and shorts prior to movie starting

3.0
0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

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The book’s plot, which involves more than just octogenarian grifting, might have led readers on an exciting merry dance. Sadly, The Good Liar suffers a similar fate to the McKellen-starring The Da Vinci Code, which was enormously promising as a page-turner but foundered as a film.

1
Stuff

Stuff

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Con movies should at least be fun. The Good Liar has a sheen of quality about it and a couple of truly great leads. But the script is a mutt, unworthy of the attention and talent poured into it.

2.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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It’s an enthralling exercise but a peculiarly cerebral one – a psychological thriller without the thrills.

3.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Yes, you would watch Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren in virtually anything. You just wish it wasn't this.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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To avoid ruining the film, you should not only stop reading this review, but also pass on seeing the movie, which tips its hand practically from the moment the main characters meet.

0
Time Out

Time Out

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The big reveal of this con-man potboiler may be weapons-grade tosh, but you shouldn't let it detract too much from the enjoyable ride to that point.

3.0
1
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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McKellen and Mirren, sharing the screen for the first time, are exquisitely matched in this slight but enjoyable yarn, which is like watching two magnificent vintage cars in a road race, without minding too much who wins.

3.0
1
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Square, tame and tidy as the London-area house kept by Mirren's primly elegant, creamy-complexioned septuagenarian, The Good Liar is a work of skill but little spark.

0
Variety

Variety

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The pleasure of "The Good Liar," and it's a major one, is the chance to watch Mirren and McKellen act together in a cat-and-mouse duet that turns into an elegant waltz of affection and deception.

3
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This movie rattles along with terrific energy and dash and the flashback sequences show that it's actually far more daring and ambitious that you might expect. It's a great duel between McKellen and Mirren.

4.0
1
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

The book’s plot, which involves more than just octogenarian grifting, might have led readers on an exciting merry dance. Sadly, The Good Liar suffers a similar fate to the McKellen-starring The Da Vinci Code, which was enormously promising as a page-turner but foundered as a film.

1
Stuff

Stuff

press

Con movies should at least be fun. The Good Liar has a sheen of quality about it and a couple of truly great leads. But the script is a mutt, unworthy of the attention and talent poured into it.

2.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It’s an enthralling exercise but a peculiarly cerebral one – a psychological thriller without the thrills.

3.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Yes, you would watch Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren in virtually anything. You just wish it wasn't this.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

To avoid ruining the film, you should not only stop reading this review, but also pass on seeing the movie, which tips its hand practically from the moment the main characters meet.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The big reveal of this con-man potboiler may be weapons-grade tosh, but you shouldn't let it detract too much from the enjoyable ride to that point.

3.0
1
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

McKellen and Mirren, sharing the screen for the first time, are exquisitely matched in this slight but enjoyable yarn, which is like watching two magnificent vintage cars in a road race, without minding too much who wins.

3.0
1
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Square, tame and tidy as the London-area house kept by Mirren's primly elegant, creamy-complexioned septuagenarian, The Good Liar is a work of skill but little spark.

0
Variety

Variety

press

The pleasure of "The Good Liar," and it's a major one, is the chance to watch Mirren and McKellen act together in a cat-and-mouse duet that turns into an elegant waltz of affection and deception.

3
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This movie rattles along with terrific energy and dash and the flashback sequences show that it's actually far more daring and ambitious that you might expect. It's a great duel between McKellen and Mirren.

4.0
1

Pants on Fire

This was a reasonably good thriller. Good acting and stars. Quirky twists, especially the arrival of the police. However the last 20 minutes the story evolved too quickly and lost the depth that had built up through out. Also let down by choice of cinema. Hoyts Riccarton - 25 minutes of adverts and shorts prior to movie starting

3.0
0