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The Good Lie


A young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to this new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.

Actors: Arnold Oceng , Mike Pniewski , Joshua Mikel , Maria Howell , Sarah Baker , Thad Luckinbill , Corey Stoll , Reese Witherspoon , Ger Duany , Emmanuel Jal
Directors: Philippe Falardeau
Country: KENYA , INDIA , USA
Release: 2014-11-14
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  • Richard Roeper

    While The Good Lie certainly doesn’t shy away from scenes designed to make us shake our heads at man’s inhumanity to man and scenes designed to make us dab at our eyes, it’s the kind of movie that earns those moments.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The heart of the film derives from the fact that the more they all get to know each other, the more they all mature and their differences blend. The title comes from a lesson in Huckleberry Finn—that a lie is good if it helps others, the way Huck lied to save Jim from the slave traders.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    For all its softening, The Good Lie, like “Monsieur Lazhar,” has a core of decency, humanity and good will that feels authentic. You won’t curse yourself for occasionally tearing up.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    The Good Lie is a touching, generous-hearted movie, sensitively directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) working with a smart, sly, long-gestated script by Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire).

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    It is a good thing these actors are charming enough that they aren’t too hampered by a long string of fish-out-of-water gags. Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Lie is openhearted, earnest and well-intentioned.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    A genuinely touching and occasionally powerful film, not least because the boys are so disinclined to pity themselves.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    In a bait-and-switch worthy of its title, The Good Lie may lure in viewers eager to see a Reese Witherspoon movie, but they’ll fall in love with something else entirely.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Movies about cooperating Africans and Americans often take a condescending risk of great white saviors making everything better for poor black folks. The Good Lie isn't that sort of movie, except in its marketing.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The Good Lie may not be anything like Witherspoon’s version of “The Blind Side” (as the ads also imply), but it’s a heart-tugger that’s definitely worth seeing.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    It's a deeply touching story about survival, perseverance, and hope.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Rambles a bit and telegraphs its ending. But its earnestness in reminding us of this story and just what America represents to the world’s rising tide of refugees, and why, makes it a winner, a valuable history lesson wrapped in a feel-good bow.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The lumpiness of The Good Lie’s progression – from infancy to adulthood, and from the horrors of war to gentle social comedy and back again – proclaims a respect for facts and truths that can’t be molded into a smooth narrative.

    Time Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The pieces don't always fit together as neatly as you might wish, but if you let it, The Good Lie's heartwarming soul will win you over.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    This is very much a mainstream movie meant to shine a light on the plight of people who were ignored for too long. For that reason alone, it's well worth seeing.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    It works as well as it does precisely because of an intelligence, humanity and restraint we rarely see in Hollywood films.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Falardeau actually spent time filming in Sudan for a completely different project back in 1994 before being forced to evacuate by the U.N., but he consciously decides not to rub our noses in tarted-up awfulness, opting for steady-footed lensing and subdued music, then trusting our imaginations to fill in the horrors.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Canadian director Philippe Falardeau (Oscar nominee for Monsieur Lazhar) films these early, subtitled scenes mostly with a documentarian’s observational remove and slightly shaky camera – an effective way to dramatize the horror of war without exploiting it, tarting it up with Hollywood techniques.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The images in The Good Lie have the power to disturb but lack the gut-punch impact necessary to give us an immediate and lasting connection to the protagonists.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Simon Houpt

    A drama with honourable intentions that feels like a bit of a fib.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The lack of`cheeseball overload is refreshing. I could tell the good lie and say the movie is perfect. It's not. It's often earnest to a fault and fearful of its deeper, darker implications. Still, you won't leave The Good Lie unmoved. Its heart really is in the right place.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    This is a Hollywood-delivered chronicle of the immigrant experience that earns its justification through good will and tact.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ernest Hardy

    Despite its weighty material and some moving scenes (much of the Sudanese cast are survivors of the war), this aggressive crowd-pleaser is slighter than its subject matter deserves.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    It's in the film's Africa-set scenes -- at the film's start and again in its closing 25 minutes or so -- when The Good Lie is at its best. This is where the story is at its most moving and rewarding.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Reese Witherspoon is funny and touching as the scrappy Kansan who befriends the bewildered arrivals, and the movie's three Lost Boys, no longer lost or boys, are intensely appealing.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    It’s hard to fault a movie like The Good Lie for its intentions. But it can be faulted for pandering, both to its subject and to audiences.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The small grace of The Good Lie, from Monsieur Lazhar director Philippe Falardeau, is that it fully recognizes the problem of telling stories of black hardship through the prism of white charity, and does everything it can to avoid those pitfalls.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    For a while it’s a low-key fish-out-of-water comedy (with McDonald’s as one of its many obvious punch lines), then it morphs into a cumbrously sentimental tale of redemption.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    It’s a sappy, but occasionally sensitive, coming-to-America story that hits all of the familiar beats. It has one very big problem, though, and she’s played by Reese Witherspoon.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    The Good Lie is so manufactured around a particular dramatic blueprint that any sense of spontaneity, surprise and engagement are sucked right out of the picture.

    The Playlist Full Review
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