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  • Summary: Jim Carrey stars as a fast-talking attorney and habitual liar who, forced by his son's birthday wish, must tell the truth for the next 24 hours. (Universal)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
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  1. It's a magnificent comic experience.
  2. Carrey's attempted self-immolation in a men's room, which weirdly recalls certain Fred Astaire routines, may be a small classic.
  3. Two little words: Jim Carrey. That's all it takes to transform Liar Liar from a formulaic Hollywood comedy into an uproarious one-man free-for-all.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Awfully funny at times.
  5. 70
    He's (Carrey) an unruly commodity and, as such, compulsively watchable.
  6. 63
    Carrey is forced to confine his antics to the needs of Liar Liar's unimaginative screenplay, and the results are mixed.
  7. 40
    A sickly soft-swirl confection of low laughs and smarmy sentiment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. FloydH.
    Feb 3, 2006
    10
    Probably the funniest movie I've ever seen. Jim Carrey's completely unleashed antics border on insanity. Everyone I know raves Probably the funniest movie I've ever seen. Jim Carrey's completely unleashed antics border on insanity. Everyone I know raves about Liar, Liar. Our family owns the video, most have seen it 20 times and we still get a big kick out of it. In fact I think I'll go watch it now! Expand
  2. Myles#13
    Sep 8, 2006
    10
    Jim Carrey is one of the funniest men alive, and this movie displays his talent for all to see! Carrey just goes all out... anyone whose Jim Carrey is one of the funniest men alive, and this movie displays his talent for all to see! Carrey just goes all out... anyone whose brain is not in a jar will laugh til it hurts watching Liar Liar. COMIC GENIUS! Expand
  3. Guy!
    May 27, 2007
    10
    Jim Carreys' best work, no matter how many times I see it, it never ceases to make me laugh.
  4. Sam
    Nov 29, 2005
    9
    After crap like Napoleon Dynamite and Mail-Order bride, it's good that there are movies like this where you can leave a movie theater or After crap like Napoleon Dynamite and Mail-Order bride, it's good that there are movies like this where you can leave a movie theater or living room with a grin on your face saying "Damn, that was funny!" Expand
  5. Sep 5, 2013
    8
    As star Jim Carrey fights with a blue pen in his office, we realise the comedy gold that only Carrey can bring to any scene, no matter howAs star Jim Carrey fights with a blue pen in his office, we realise the comedy gold that only Carrey can bring to any scene, no matter how trivial it may appear or how ridiculous the premise is, his energy and combination of appealing to all audiences is unmatched, his role in the simply premised Liar Liar just solidifies this opinion. He plays a hotshot lawyer Fletcher who lets his young son down time after time, Fletcher is recently divorced as well, but can never spend quality time with young Max (Justin Cooper), but on the young boys birthday, he makes the wish of all wishes that no human could live without, the ability to lie. This naturally gives him a very bad day in court, where lying is second nature, but the better instances in the film come from the various situations that Fletcher runs into in his day of telling the truth, his above mentioned fight with a blue pen to convince himself it is red, beating himself in a bathroom for no reason whatsoever, they are some of the best laughs of the film, Carrey's unique ability to control each scene with endless amounts of laughter is truly admirable, he shows maniacal behaviour as he prances and shouts his way around a courtroom, trying his best to sabotage his own case. He beats himself up, gets in trouble with the law and continues to try and mend his relationship with his son, telling the truth all along the way.
    The premise is interesting in the sense that it ushers towards a supernatural element, yet of doesn't necessarily promote this, what it really tries to do is test the relationship that a person holds with various important people in their lives, their boss, family, associates etc, just how much of that friendship is built on trust or more so, lies.
    This is Carrey's film from start to finish, but Jennifer Tilly gives an appropriate amount of lustful and villainous behaviour as the temptress type mother of Fletchers struggling case in court, while Cary Elwes plays the trying to hard boyfriend of Fletchers ex-wife Audrey (Maura Tierney).
    While the deliberate paces creates a predictable finish, Carrey's ability to have diverse expressions and put himself out there into any role truly shows his talent onscreen, especially in such a comical capacity like he is here.
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  6. Oct 9, 2011
    8
    This movie was very touching. It was very funny and family friendly. I enjoyed the movie especially with the fact that pointed to theThis movie was very touching. It was very funny and family friendly. I enjoyed the movie especially with the fact that pointed to the profession of lawyers having to lie to get their win and money or allow unjust situations to take place. Expand
  7. Dec 2, 2011
    4
    Bottom Line: Jim Carrey disappoints as a lawyer/liar in a comedy that throws out much of its potential.

    In most of his films, Jim Carrey
    Bottom Line: Jim Carrey disappoints as a lawyer/liar in a comedy that throws out much of its potential.

    In most of his films, Jim Carrey makes a show of hyperactivity, and in most cases, itâ
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