Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. 67
    It's a film so filled with sex and violence that many critics have derided it as nothing short of hardcore porn.
  2. 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.
  3. Someone has finally done it -- made a sexually explicit feature that is also a genuine and harrowing work of erotic drama.
  4. Reviewed by: Gregg Lachow
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. A work of honesty and artistic integrity that nonetheless will be difficult to watch for many viewers.
  7. 68
    A witty, if overextended, take on pornography.
  8. The truth about Lies is that it's a case of art-house porn being more porn than art.
  9. 75
    When all is said and done, Lies is just good, dirty fun.
  10. 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.
  11. 40
    The daring but only partly successful Korean film Lies is built around voyeurism.
  12. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Surprisingly intimate, full of sly humor and, believe it or not, an odd sort of tenderness.
  13. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    Has nothing much to say.
  14. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. jocutus
    Nov 15, 2005
    I have NO WORDS!