Summary: I was pleasantly surprised by this film. From a simple premise as "lying doesn't exist" it develops into a thoughtful tale with a touch of satire. On the one hand it exposes early on the basic first impressions we all have of each other and of situations we find ourselves in.
Excerpt: I was really looking forward to this but it just wasn't that good. The first half was pretty funny but then it turned into the usually fluff-piece kind of Hollywood crap. Worth a rent though especially for Gervais fans.
A Refreshingly Original Romantic Comedy. Gervais is Terrific!
21 January 2010
Excerpt: With respect I think the site reviewer has this one pegged all wrong. While "The Invention of Lying" inevitably contains elements that resemble a burlesque skit on SNL that pokes fun at human nature, the film should not be confused with a dissent into the mean-spirited hooey that plagues so many...
Summary: This movie had a hard life. A lot of people walked out of theaters trash talking it. I honestly think the only reason this movie is being criticized so harshly is because it pokes at religion. It was the best allegory on religion since Cat's Craddle.
Light Philosophy Delightfully Deceives as Romantic Comedy
Brian Jones, IMDb
23 October 2009
Summary: If one were to score this movie on a category-by-category basis, some of the categories might be laughability, cinematography, acting performance, direction, originality, script writing and social impact. Weighting each equally would lead me to give a much lower rating for "The Invention of Lying.
Summary: Brilliant concept and terrific execution. Wonderful casting. Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner are absolutely believable throughout their respective characters' evolution, and they play off each other very well. In fact, everyone's performance is spot on.
Summary: In a world where everyone must tell the truth, one man after being fired and almost evicted is pushed to the limits. His brain does something abnormal, he tells a lie. Not just any lie, the world's first lie. Since no one in this universe has ever heard a lie before, they take it as fact.
Summary: The two parts of the movie are quite different and in some cases both parts may not appeal to everyone. The first part, which is just long enough for my taste had everyone telling the truth at all times about everything, with one notable exception.
Summary: There is a certain re-training of the mind that a film expects of us in order to fully enjoy the place it seeks to take us. This film, in the first act we are taught, in a rather funny way that the world of this film is to say the least - honest.
Summary: I'm not sure whats up with people's comments on this movie. I honestly enjoyed myself. This is a very British style humor, wonderfully executed by Gervais. The concept had a different potential then people are expecting. This is not Carry/Liar, Liar humor.