The Good Liar

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A scene from The Good Liar. (Photo: Chia James/Warner Bros.
A scene from The Good Liar. (Photo: Chia James/Warner Bros.

MOVIE:

The Good Liar

WHERE TO WATCH:

Sunday, 2 May at 20:20 on M-Net (DStv 101). Available on DStv Now after.

OUR RATING:

2/5 Stars

WHAT IT'S ABOUT:

Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online. As Betty opens her life and home to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

WHAT THE CRITICS THOUGHT:

A delectably clever and civilized entertainment that invites us to be as invested in the game as we are in the characters. - Owen Gleiberman, Variety.

The goal, you assume, is making people feel that a missing piece has finally been slotted into a puzzle, but the result is closer to reading aloud a Narrative 101 Mad Libs exercise. - David Fear, Rolling Stone

This thriller doesn’t need a spoiler warning. It spoils itself. - Ben Kenigsberg, The NYTimes

The Good Liar works better as an acting masterclass by its brilliant lead performers, rather than a taut and rewarding storytelling experience. - Neil Soans, Times of India

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