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  • Summary: L.I.E. is about a boy who, in losing just about everything and everyone he has in the space of a single week, finds himself. (Lot 47 Films)
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  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. One of the year's most unsettling -- and perhaps most illuminating -- films.
  4. A disturbing and provocative study of adolescence and isolation.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    The subject matter is certainly controversial -- it's not every day that we see a sympathetic portrayal of a pedophile -- but Cuesta avoids the taint of salaciousness, thanks in large part to a brilliant performance from Cox.

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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'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. Expand

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