Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 91
    An achievement of accomplished filmmaking and superb acting, L.I.E. puts you in the tough spot of unraveling how you feel about what you've viewed.
  2. 90
    Despite a little rough stuff here and there, this is one of the more insightful and affecting teen-trauma films of recent years.
  3. 90
    It's a powerful and provocative achievement from a first-time filmmaker of enormous promise.
  4. 90
    Gripping, troubling and deftly acted.
  5. Dano is a real find in this daunting role about a teenager's identity crisis. The subject of the movie is dicey but ultimately deeply rewarding.
  6. One of the year's most unsettling -- and perhaps most illuminating -- films.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    Superior and original filmmaking. You won't be able to take your eyes off it.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    10
    L.I.E. is simply the best movie on this subject ever made - and it has become a classic, world-wide, because of that. Stephen M. Ryder'sL.I.E. is simply the best movie on this subject ever made - and it has become a classic, world-wide, because of that. Stephen M. Ryder's screenplay is nothing short of genius. Brian Cox did the best acting of his career and would have stolen the entire movie were it not for the incredibly brave performance by Paul Dano. Great music, great cinematography and fabulous production on a very low budget. Heartfelt kudos to all involved, especially Ryder, Cox and Dano. Bravo bravissimo! And to hell with Jack Valenti and his bluenosed thugs at the MPAA. Full Review »