The Good Liar (2019) - Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 22 out of 151 found boring (14.56%)

One-line Reviews (98)

One of the WORST Movies I've had to sit through .

Weak and predictable .

A slow thriller worth its payoff.

very interesting and suspenseful.

At the end of it all, however, the grand reveal seems contrived and implausible.

It's a reflection of the times that it's taken a film about two older people to produce one of the most gripping and enjoyable films I've seen in a while, something that could have been a bland Sunday afternoon affair, turned into something far more gritty and dynamic.

First of all i loved the slow building of tension and the good blend between classic and modern.

That's due to the events that occur towards the very end of the movie which are totally unpredictable.

It seems like the movie throws so much into the short time period that the focus is too spread and somewhat boring to discover.

Predictable and Slow at Times.

enjoyable .

It's forgettable and strained by the fact that it has little originality, but it's engaging enough.

I think a lot of it has to do with Bill Condon's mostly bland direction that leaves the film feeling bland and ultimately forgettable.

It stars Ian McKellen as a career con artist who meets a wealthy widow (Helen Mirren) online, and then discovers that his plan to steal her fortune has unexpected roadblocks.

But as he begins to start developing feelings for the widow, it is then that things start to take a more sinister turn as a jaw dropping revelation is about to be dropped...!The film at first, is kind of boring & dull.

One that, in hindsight, brilliantly presages the unexpected plot twists to the back stories of Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen's characters.

Overall whilst it's an interesting film with two great performances and unexpected twists, I just expect more style and excitement in it.

When you look at all the other dislikes I had, the very slow pace does not do much to sell sitting through nearly two hours of this convoluted tale.

An enjoyable thriller .

The pacing was too slow.

This means that those scenes and the development of the plot feel slow and boring.

The film does actually keep you locked in from the start despite the slow uptake.

Diane and I watched this fabulous movie yesterday: I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end; Diane enjoyed it but several minutes ago told me that it was forgettable.

He revels in the somewhat trashy storytelling and only tries to make the material more entertaining than believable.

This was truly riveting.

I must mention the great score by Carter Burwell it's perfect and gives great atmosphere to the emotional and suspenseful plot I really like his scores and this is up with his previous film scores for Carol, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing ,Missouri and In Bruges.

Best acting ever And unpredictable .

The story in this movie was fun, engaging and interesting with some good plot twists.

But I found it incredibly bland.

It's forgettable and retroactively strained but it's engaging enough.

Moved along nicely with an exceptional cast despite the main twist being predictable from the outset before going to far fetched to counter its main predictability to end.

There are some shivery flashbacks to the ruins of postwar Berlin, but the scenes in Helen Mirren's naff suburban bungalow are too slow and very repetitious.

The intrigue already filled with unexpected twists becomes even more complicated and temps to become dramatic with references to a past full of skeletons in closets.

and let's add another star for an overall enjoyable and well-crafted, gripping story.

Entertaining and with dark plot twists .

There was just a bit to much of everything, which made it sometimes confusing and gave you the feeling that they created the story out of multiple wierd storyline.

Enjoyable .

Don't be misled, if you come into this movie expecting action, mayhem, and chaos you will be bored to death.

View on the film:With director Bill Condon working with the actor for the 4th time, Sir Ian & Dame Helen set sparks flying on the screen in their snappy, thickly sliced hammy turns as Roy and Betty.

The premise sounded fascinating and the sort that is right up my street.

It's not perfect, but it makes for a much more enjoyable watch once you come to terms with the outlandishness of what's going on.

It's a enjoyable film, it has a few twists and turns and the performances of all the stellar cast are well crafted.

The two leads are excellent, the script however Is rather pedestrian the Film Is very predictable up until the end with a surprising twist,which I found rather distasteful.

If the plot was smaller or maybe a little bit more dramatic, then it wouldn't feel slow.

For example, the first plot twist is too predictable, while the second suddenly comes out of nowhere.

But it must be well executed to be enjoyable.

Entertaining from beginning to end.

Yes, they are necessary, but they feel slow, which makes us conclude that it wasn't a perfect execution.

Strongly acted but a little too safe and predictable .

I wouldn't call the film predictable and I didn't expect the ending.

The five stars I've awarded the film could easily have been four, but it did pass away two hours on a drab Friday evening.

Because of his slow way of working, Roy spends more time with his victim than usual.

It has an interesting and exciting theme.

Extraordinary actors, intriguing story from beginning to end, is all I needed that day, not disappointing at all

The film gets off to a rousing start with McKellen's character Roy meeting Mirren's Betty through online dating.

"The Good Liar" is quite entertaining even if it does have its flaws.

While Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren are as wonderful as one could hope, their performances are wasted on a rather contrived, quite convoluted script.

The ending of The Good Liar is predictable, and its unexpected revelations do not derive from previously established clues.

Overall, while it's an interesting film with two great performances, it has predictable twists, and I just expect more style and excitement in it.

An Elegant and Highly Intense Thriller .

Serious plot holes hurt this otherwise enjoyable pairing of great artists.

The films story is also very intriguing, adding some back story to McKellan's character I didn't see coming making the film far more complex than its trailers let on.

The good liar is an interesting,entertaining and clever thriller.

The first one coming off quite a lot better, it was more predictable as there is a lot of foreshadowing and suspicion before the scene happens, but the scene was still quite suspenseful in particularly the build up.

Midway it was clear and started to become predictable.

All the attempts to redirect you, the story layers that require one to pay attention, the redirections that continue to fly at you throughout the film, and some semi-rando turns may make most look at the film in confusion.

It is a shame that they have to do it with a script that is less well elaborated, because this makes their characters appear somewhat predictable in the first plot twist.

I adore both the main actors and the supporting cast is also quite wonderful, but the film is rather dull.

Generally, it's relatively enjoyable throughout, despite some eye-rolling moments.

In addition, the slow pace is going to be a turn off for those with short attention spans, so get yourself ready for that.

An enjoyable Agatha Christie type plot.

Am someone who loves Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren (especially McKellen), two of Britain's national treasures, in intriguing roles for them.

While the swindle unfolds in unexpected directions, it turns out that Roy and Betty have connected backgrounds.

If you want something really good in the thriller genre, then The Talented Mr. Ripley or even a traditional suspenseful Hitchcock film like Psycho is what you are looking for.

In any case, despite giving it a good hour of my time, I couldn't take it anymore and walked out.

McKellen's character in particular has multiple avenues to figure out, trying to piece all of them together to uncover the truth behind this quiet, intense character.

All in all The Good Liar is a solid film with great performances and an intriguing story that is brought down by its bland approach.

However kept me interested except at the very end which was dragged out about 10 minutes too long.

Expect the unexpected & pay attn at the end because it was all well thought out.

The plot is predictable, but does take a few unexpected turns and a very unexpected dark turn towards the end, although the ending is pretty much as you would expect.

Though, I do have to say it is predictable, as is the case with most films like this.

Well after watching joker I want to watch some best acting and unpredictable shocking storylines well Now I got a new good movie Well thanks to Condon and Mckellen again after Mr Holmes and gods and monsters

Looking at the cast and after the first 15 minutes of the film, I really thought this film was going to be a gripping classic, sadly it went down hill quickly from there.

Based on the rating, I thought this movie was going to be boring, but on the contrary this was an entertaining thriller even though it was kinda predictable and didn't bring anything new to the table.

The scenes in which Ian McKellen lights up his character in a different way are so entertaining to follow.

Lies and mystery trama is always exciting to watch.

Trite script, disjointed storyline, laughable plot.

It may be a bit preposterously muddled to pull off its ambitions and isn't as good as some other films of the same genre, but what it does have are suspenseful thrills led by two legendary actors giving great performances.

A classic con movie story, its twists and turns are compelling enough to keep one watching, the main reason being the terrific acting performances from Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren.

"The Good Liar" is clever and entertaining.

I personally wouldn't go as far as to say this is a thriller as much as a suspenseful drama.

This was, overall, a pretty enjoyable thriller/suspense flick, that felt eerily similar, in some ways, to the plot of the movie "Remember.

Snoozer .

The first half of the movie is quite engaging.

I felt it dragged on way too long for a revenge thing?

If you like twists and turns while promising yourself not to take it too seriously, you'll find The Good Liar entertaining and captivating.

Overall despite a few limitations and dragged out plot points.

I just got out of The Good LiarBoth my eldest and myself enjoyed it considerably.