Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. 88
    In its amiable, quiet, PG-13 way, The Invention of Lying is a remarkably radical comedy.
  2. The performances are razor sharp. And the ideas in this movie are, no kidding, big.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 120 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 49
  2. Negative: 19 out of 49
  1. Apr 18, 2014
    We get it Ricky Gervais, you're an atheist. Now I don't have anything against atheists or trying to address religion in a film...but good God man have some subtlety. The obviousness of this movie is just shameless. Full Review »
  2. Aug 25, 2012
    The idea for the film is absolutely outstanding. It's just a shame that the film itself isn't as funny as it could be. Ricky Gervais is funny in places but there simply aren't enough jokes. It starts wane a lot towards the end. Still I would recommend it to others simply for the premise alone. Full Review »
  3. Mar 16, 2012
    A film that starts out in an intelligent and entertaining way but utterly collapses into a sluggish, head-scratching albatross in the third act. Although it apparently attempts to lampoon religion and its origins (which can't be done enough, in my opinion!), the last 40 minutes felt an awful lot of preachy bullcrap to me. Full Review »