Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 17, 2011
    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: Shawn Levy
    Dec 1, 2011
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Nov 16, 2011
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 16, 2011
    The Lie is dark enough, but it has affection for its characters and doesn't destroy them. It paints them in three fallible human dimensions, and the actors are warm and plausible.
  5. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 17, 2011
    Embedded in The Lie is a sharp look at the moral limbo of a complacent life, the self-defeat of committing by halves, the self-interest of false equivalencies - but only the shallowest attempts are made to chip its themes out.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 18, 2011
    Good enough to almost overlook a so-so ending.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 17, 2011
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 14, 2011
    Likeably shaggy, it has arthouse appeal and a winning cast.
  9. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 15, 2011
    The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well.
  10. Nov 14, 2011
    Thinly amusing tale with not-especially-appealing characters.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 15, 2011
    Weixler is an alert, mobile comedienne who deserves better than this awkward pause, nervous stammer, social-anxiety comedy.
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 13, 2011
    It's hard to say which is worse: the unfunny caricatures or the indulgent soul-searching.

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