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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 21, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 119 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 90
    Lie to Me seems an unusually meaty, thoughtful and thought-provoking crime drama--another police procedural, yes, but one with a dramatic and mesmerizing difference. The strength of the premise combined with first-class production make this easily one of the season's best new shows.
  2. 80
    Roth makes for a tartly witty hero, the mysteries are intricately plotted, and the show makes the most of the weird dynamics of an office where the boss can ferret out everybody's secrets.
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    75
    Lie to Me's pilot is brisk anthropological fun.
  4. The Fox drama from the Imagine TV stable is fortunate to have a guy with the talents of Tim Roth as a trump card. But even apart from him, the writing and the concept are sufficiently developed from the get-go to prove an instantly intriguing entry that has the major benefit of following "American Idol" and should hold on to a good portion of that audience.
  5. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    63
    I’d be lying if I said I thought Lie to Me won’t get old fast.
  6. 50
    Lie to Me offers well-designed (and repeatedly, very white) interiors, utterly formulaic scripting, and familiar characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Len Sousa
    38
    Unless creators can shift Mr. Orange's deception detective into an area viewers won't see coming every week, Lie to Me's science gimmick is sure to wane thin soon into its short first season, a truth that doesn't bode well for a series renewal.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. LindaM
    Aug 1, 2009
    10
    Tim Roth is an amazing actor, one of the best in the business! I love this show, it's far superior to most. I have watched every episode Tim Roth is an amazing actor, one of the best in the business! I love this show, it's far superior to most. I have watched every episode and the reruns. Now I find myself trying to read everyone's body language and facial expressions! Expand
  2. BettyV
    Jun 20, 2009
    10
    I've seen this show only once; hope the other episodes are as good. That one show made me a believer--that it'll be one of my I've seen this show only once; hope the other episodes are as good. That one show made me a believer--that it'll be one of my favorites. It's quite original. I especially enjoyed all the flashbacks to various notables under pressure. Expand
  3. Jun 4, 2012
    10
    I'd prefer to watch this "Recycled" materal instead of NCIS or CSI any day. Lie to Me is by far THE best drama series i've ever watched in my life.
  4. JohnH
    Jan 24, 2009
    9
    Tim Roth brings an added bonus to this new idea for a TV show. Hope they can keep it fresh.
  5. HarveyB
    Oct 27, 2009
    9
    a great crime drama about a man that can "read faces" and tell if a person is lying. episodes in the first season were good and entertaining a great crime drama about a man that can "read faces" and tell if a person is lying. episodes in the first season were good and entertaining but as season 2 started i can't help notice that the show is losing its momentum as i find myself already guessing who did what crime and so forth. i still recommend it but i hope the following episodes are much more difficult to answer. Expand
  6. KerryF
    Feb 25, 2009
    8
    Interesting show. Needs to have a few episodes to work out the kinks but overall it is enjoyable to watch.
  7. Jul 28, 2012
    2
    I found the show boring , the plot was not at all interesting and I did not like some of the actors.... Also the plot repeats it self after aI found the show boring , the plot was not at all interesting and I did not like some of the actors.... Also the plot repeats it self after a few episodes... Expand

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