• Studio: MPI
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2012
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 29, 2012
    88
    Cluzot, with his uncanny resemblance to Dustin Hoffman, is an engaging actor who effortlessly summons up inner neurosis. The others are all skilled at light wit and banter; in a way, the film is simply a record of the French being French.
  2. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Sep 6, 2012
    80
    It's a style of storytelling that leaves the audience guessing, but it also gives the actors room to breathe, to inhabit their characters without having to explain them away in terms of biography or pop psychology.
  3. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Aug 20, 2012
    80
    It's overlong, but with its gorgeous cast, irreverent humour and beautifully drawn characters, this smart comedy-drama is the kind of movie Couples Retreat and Grown Ups should have been. Please, nobody let Adam Sandler anywhere near a remake.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Aug 20, 2012
    80
    Populist fare from across the channel that will amply repay those ready to put the time in. The scenery, meanwhile, makes you want to run out and buy a timeshare.
  5. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Oct 12, 2012
    75
    Whereas "Chill" attempted to define a generation, "Lies" is more of a statement about the nature and limits of friendship.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Oct 4, 2012
    75
    Director Guillaume Canet, who previously teamed with Cluzet on the excellent thriller "Tell No One," capably handles the sprawling cast.
  7. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Aug 21, 2012
    67
    It's no surprise the film became a box office sensation in its native France; the characters are a delight to know and the whole movie goes down easy like a cold glass of Chardonnay on a warm summer evening.
  8. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 13, 2012
    63
    The French have an entirely different idea of what constitutes a "comedy" from the Americans. Little White Lies is classified as a "comedy" in its country of origin. I suppose that's meant in a Shakespearean sense, because there's not a lot of humor in Canet's screenplay, which is primarily dramatic and includes scenes of outright tragedy.
  9. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 6, 2012
    63
    Little White Lies wants to capture something momentous and meaningful in these people's lives. But ultimately it's hard to care.
  10. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 23, 2012
    63
    France's friendship dramedy Little White Lies is such a blatant rip-off of a far better American movie that it could have been called "Le Big Chill."
  11. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Aug 20, 2012
    63
    The specific narrative handicaps throughout are mostly too banal to warrant exegesis, though the choice of vintage pop tunes for dramatic underscoring is particularly grating.
  12. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 23, 2012
    60
    With an ensemble led by Marion Cotillard and François Cluzet, the French hit has personality to burn, and squanders most of it.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 23, 2012
    60
    The boat rides and picnics we're privy to are an enjoyable way to get to a bittersweet conclusion. Yet it's hard not to feel like we've taken this trip before.
  14. 60
    Thanks to a sparkling ensemble headed by Francois Cluzet and Marion Cotillard, the familiar backdrop still provides ample opportunity for audience pleasing in Guillaume Canet's nicely observed dramatic comedy.
  15. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sep 13, 2012
    50
    Of the two French films opening in the Boston area today - "Beloved" is the other - Little White Lies is the less ambitious, more watchable, and ultimately more annoying.
  16. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 30, 2012
    50
    Little White Lies is never boring, always watchable, always reasonably rewarding. It's just that, when it's over, 2 1/2 hours seems too big an investment for just pretty good.
  17. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Aug 29, 2012
    50
    The trouble with Guillaume Canet's French gloss on "The Big Chill" is that it has no underlying chill.
  18. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Aug 20, 2012
    50
    In what's meant to be a French take on "The Big Chill" - comedy meets pathos as friends gather at a country house in the wake of a tragedy - writer-director Guillaume Canet has wrought a meandering script that exercises everything except restraint.
  19. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Aug 20, 2012
    50
    With its bloated running time and tonal shifts, the story tends to steer off course, though strong performances help keep it in tow.
  20. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Aug 22, 2012
    42
    Unfortunately, Canet's 2010 film Little White Lies feels like "Tell No One" minus that inciting incident, and therefore minus the plot.
  21. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 23, 2012
    40
    With the exception of Marie Little White Lies focuses mostly on the men: whiny, strutting little boys whose exasperated, tight-lipped wives put up with their bad behavior and sometimes have to act like mommies.
  22. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Aug 21, 2012
    40
    When Canet isn't dabbling in schmaltz, he's forcing text-message gags and metaphor-heavy vermin jokes down viewers' throats in a lame attempt at levity. Emotional fraudulence does indeed constitute a lie, just not a white one.
  23. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Aug 20, 2012
    40
    Little White Lies unspools as glossy, high-grade tosh, a sun-dappled Big Chill, without the rigour or insight required to make you care about these people and wonder which bed they will eventually wind up in.
  24. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Aug 23, 2012
    30
    You're tempted to keep watching, even though the running time is a bloated 154 minutes, to see if anyone, or the movie itself, turns remotely likable. The answer to that, alas, is no.
  25. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Aug 21, 2012
    30
    Of sole interest is Benoît Magimel's Vincent, who sheepishly confesses a same-sex attraction to one in the cabal; his moments on-screen provide the only break from this slog.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 20, 2012
    9
    A film make by a band of friends. Touching in every moment. This movie show us a real piece of life ! Each caracter have is personnality and you can reconize you in all of them. Full Review »
  2. Jan 12, 2013
    9
    Excellent movie with really great actors. Two and a half hours doesn't feel two long. I am really surprised that the critics in the newspapers did not give it higher rating. Full Review »