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  • Summary: When they first met, Lonnie and Clover were young idealists, but an unplanned baby forced them to flip the script. Lonnie put his music on hold and got a shitty job. And now Clover is abandoning her activism for an "opportunity" in the corporate world. Drowning in disappointments, Lonnie decides he needs some time off work to reexamine his life. He calls in sick, but his abusive boss demands he show up or get fired. Lonnie panics and tells a shocking lie to justify his absence - and once the lie if out, there's no going back. Now it's only a matter of time before the grenade he's thrown on his life explodes and Lonnie is suddenly pushed to figure out who he is, what he wants, and just maybe, what it means to be a father. (Screen Media Films)

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 17, 2011
    90
    Comprising small, near-perfect scenes played out largely at dinner tables and on couches, The Lie wonders if it's possible to rewrite lives and remake choices.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Nov 16, 2011
    75
    The Lie's payoff strikes an unexpected, refreshingly open note that makes this slight little indie more resonant than its scale suggests. The line this couple is about to cross is significant, and the film takes it seriously.
  3. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Dec 1, 2011
    75
    It's a film that casually mixes comedy with dread more or less deftly until faltering near the end. Up to then, however, it imparts the sensation that, along with Lonnie, you are being cooked alive in a pot of water that's slowly but steadily heating up toward the boiling point.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 14, 2011
    60
    Likeably shaggy, it has arthouse appeal and a winning cast.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 17, 2011
    60
    It doesn't try too hard, but what The Lie is working at, in its unassuming, amusing way, is a mini-portrait of growing pains in a time of extended adolescence. The truth is, that kind of thing is never easy, no matter what age.
  6. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 15, 2011
    40
    The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 13, 2011
    25
    It's hard to say which is worse: the unfunny caricatures or the indulgent soul-searching.

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