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The Good Liar (2019)



Critic Consensus: The Good Liar is less than the sum of its prestigious parts, but Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren keep the proceedings consistently watchable.

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Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes. Legendary actors Mirren and McKellen star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.

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Helen Mirren
as Betty McLeish
Ian McKellen
as Roy Courtnay
Jim Carter
as Vincent
Lily Dodsworth-Evans
as Hannalore Schröder
Phil Dunster
as Young Roy
Michael Culkin
as Dr. Livesey
Nell Williams
as Young Lili
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All Critics (165) | Top Critics (42)

With actors like these in top form there's never a dull moment, even when the film delves into flashbacks set in the distant past.

December 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It's an enthralling exercise but a peculiarly cerebral one -- a psychological thriller without the thrills.

November 27, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Good Liar shifts our character sympathies so fully that you'll relish the comeuppance on display, but the script telegraphs the emotional impact of this twist.

November 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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Wait for Britbox.

November 22, 2019 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

The Good Liar is a pleasantly playful thriller hiding a seriously shady history close to its benighted heart.

November 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It [begins] like a good David Mamet play woven into a good Agatha Christie mystery... They undermine it all at the end of the movie... Nevertheless, wonderful performances by Helen [Mirren] and Ian [McKellen].

November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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