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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: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    10
    Liar, Liar is easily one of the funniest comedies you will ever see. The movie is hilarious because Carrey
    gave the best acting he could.
    Liar Liar is as funny as movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Shaun of the
    dead. Without the actors who play these roles, the movie would be half as funny.
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  2. Feb 10, 2013
    9
    Liar Liar is an outstanding comedy. Jim Carey gives one of his best performances of his career. A movie that you won't stop laughing from start to finish with a story you will cherish. Expand
  3. Jun 30, 2014
    9
    Liar Liar is Jim Carrey's best performance. He plays a lawyer who can't lie for a day. He lies every day in court to win his cases. His son Max wishes that he can't lie because he lies to him and hurts his feelings. Then Fletcher Reid can't lie and the movie has comedic antics unlike anything you've seen before. Jim Carrey was made for the role and anyone else would've toned down the movie. Carrey acts like he is possessed by the son's wish and he doesn't seem like he's acting at all. The movie is hilarious and the dramatic scenes are realistic and touching. Carrey's role is classic and ingenious and I wish he made more flat out funny movies like this during his peak of success. Some of his movies are forced comedies and others are cleverly funny. Liar Liar is easily Carrey's funniest, smartest movie thanks to an original plot and exaggerated physical comedy. Expand
  4. 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 the profession of lawyers having to lie to get their win and money or allow unjust situations to take place. 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 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. Aug 9, 2013
    7
    Absolutely hilarious film. Jim Carrey is top notch here as the laughs keep coming. Liar Liar is most certainly a hilarious, feel good story. In addition, the bloopers at the end of film ensure that the laughs truly go from beginning to end. 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
    makes a show of hyperactivity, and in most cases, itâ Expand

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