Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Someone has finally done it -- made a sexually explicit feature that is also a genuine and harrowing work of erotic drama.
  2. The truth about Lies is that it's a case of art-house porn being more porn than art.
  3. 67
    It's a film so filled with sex and violence that many critics have derided it as nothing short of hardcore porn.
  4. 70
    At once distanced and heedless, Lies manages to be lighter and less pretentious than any description suggests. The movie's playful aspect can't be denied.
  5. 68
    A witty, if overextended, take on pornography.
  6. 75
    When all is said and done, Lies is just good, dirty fun.
  7. This sexually explicit South Korean drama aims more to jolt than to illuminate, but it illustrates an aspect of Asian cinema that globally minded moviegoers should know about as films from that region take on more international prominence.
  8. In slightly less than 1,000 years, the competition for worst film of the third millennium will be fierce. Yet the smart money may well be on the Korean art film Lies.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Surprisingly intimate, full of sly humor and, believe it or not, an odd sort of tenderness.
  10. A work of honesty and artistic integrity that nonetheless will be difficult to watch for many viewers.
  11. 40
    If Lies were better, the most obvious point of reference would be "In the Realm of the Senses," but the filmmaking isn't good enough to warrant such comparison, and the ideas are half-baked.
  12. Reviewed by: Gregg Lachow
    40
    The sex we see in Lies does not feel in any way enticing; the protagonists are left seeming pathetic by the end of the film, and few viewers are likely to go scavenging for sticks after leaving the theater.
  13. 40
    The daring but only partly successful Korean film Lies is built around voyeurism.
  14. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    20
    Has nothing much to say.

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