Little White Lies

  • 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

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 23, 2012
    60
    With an ensemble led by Marion Cotillard and Fran├žois Cluzet, the French hit has personality to burn, and squanders most of it.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  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 andA 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. Mar 13, 2015
    7
    Great drama with the perfect amount of humor. Canet's shows us that he can write and direct comedies in the future based on the few butGreat drama with the perfect amount of humor. Canet's shows us that he can write and direct comedies in the future based on the few but hilarious scenes of Little White Lies. The cast also gathers one of the best french actors that we have nowadays and they manage to build an intense and powerful connection between their characters on screen. The only problem with the movie is the length. It takes too long to finally begin and too long to finish. But it's a nice story to follow so you won't be that bored. Full Review »
  3. 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 newspapersExcellent 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 »