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  • Summary: Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, A Liar's Autobiography is Graham Chapman's own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge. Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True? Who knows? At his memorial service, John Cleese called Chapman “a freeloading bastard”. Now, as the film re-unites Chapman with Cleese, Jones, Palin, and Gilliam for the first time in 23 years, he is set to earn a new title – the most prolific corpse since Elvis. (Brainstorm Media) Collapse
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 8, 2012
    75
    Like a lesser Python entry ("The Meaning of Life"?), it's alternately brilliant and frustrating.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 14, 2012
    67
    It's like watching "Yellow Submarine" laid over a celebrity-therapy episode of Dr. Phil.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Feb 9, 2013
    60
    The film's depiction of the ugliness and strangeness of his self-hating LA celeb lifestyle is disturbing. Not just for Python fans.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Nov 15, 2012
    50
    Unfortunately, it just doesn't come together. The animation ranges from crude approximations of Terry Gilliam's cutout style to borderline puerility, and the entire enterprise strives far too desperately for the sort of irreverence that Chapman could conjure with a cock of his pipe-clenching head.
  5. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Nov 16, 2012
    50
    The film only really has a pulse when it switches to live action in a few brief archival snippets, most memorably in John Cleese's appropriately outrageous eulogy for his late friend, an offering in the name of "anything for him, but mindless good taste."
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 31, 2012
    42
    What's missing from this movie is any of that sense of what made Chapman so important, or why he was so often at the center of Monty Python's best skits and movies, up until his death from cancer at 48.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Oct 29, 2012
    0
    Graham Chapman's story, frankly, is better served by his Wikipedia page.

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