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The Lie (2020)



Critic Consensus: Queasily compelling without ever truly coming together, The Lie won't fool many viewers seeking worthwhile horror fare.

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A divorced mother and father find themselves trapped in a living nightmare when their daughter confesses to murder in The Lie, a gripping psychological thriller about the lengths parents will go to in order to protect their child. While driving his 15-year-old daughter Kayla (Joey King) and her best friend Brittany (Devery Jacobs) to a weekend retreat in the dead of winter, aging rocker Jay (Peter Sarsgaard) pulls over to the side of the road for a quick bathroom break. Although the two girls enter the surrounding woods together, only Kayla returns. Terrified she could be tried as an adult, Jay and his ex-wife Rebecca (Mireille Enos) cover up Kayla's crime with a web of lies and deceit. But the truth won't stay buried, and as one mistake leads to another, the desperate parents discover that what actually happened in those icy woods is more shocking than they imagined.


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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (9)

Too stupid to be the hard-hitting drama it was first sold as and too self-important to be the black comedy it really should be, Sud's film is a master class in bad decision-making, improbable choices, and overwrought acting.

October 16, 2020 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Still, after roughly 90 minutes of unbelievable behavior and botched suspense, the twist ending is too audaciously ridiculous to entirely resist. You'll scream, but not in fear.

October 14, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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The film is a little bit too controlled... But there were good moments where I was yelling at the screen "What are you doing?"

October 9, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Lie" is far from a total success, but it has enough tension and talent to make you hope that Blumhouse keeps aiming a quiet thriller or two at adults.

October 7, 2020 | Full Review…

This is the kind of movie that Mystery Science Theater 3K would have had a field day with.

October 6, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Very little about this movie works, in spite of a certain ambition in telling a story based solely on unfathomable decisions.

October 6, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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