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: 6.6
Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 41 out of 243 found boring (16.87%)

One-line Reviews (163)

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.

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.

The music score was dull.

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

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

It was a good movie; entertaining.

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

Worth watching though if expectations are low kept.

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.

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

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

Well worth watching as it is rare nowadays to watch a movie that has a good script good actors and a good plot.

Very disjointed story and sub plots.

Not only is it thrilling to see Helen Mirren and Ian McKellan turn in perfect performances, it is also exciting to watch the plot unravel as the film pulls you in to a drama set in 2009 that throws back to World War II.

But boring direction and slow moving.

A bit twisting at the ending, but overall the film quite bored and not intense!

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

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.

Predictable .

It is an interesting thriller with a predictable twist that I saw coming but it was still entertaining.

But I found it incredibly bland.

enjoyable .

It was quite predictable in many ways and the flashback story went off the rails where the movie would have been far better if they didn't spend so much time on it.

Predictable and Slow at Times.

Predictable and decent.

It is certainly worth the watch, and for some a sound addition to their collection.

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.

In a few places, the pacing became slow and my attention wandered.

Period decor and a haunting soundtrack combine to create a suspenseful atmosphere.

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

The twisting ending also quite predictable!

Very entertaining .

Lies and mystery trama is always exciting to watch.

"The Good Liar" is clever and entertaining.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Enjoyable .

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

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.

Weak and predictable .

A slow thriller worth its payoff.


Others have knocked this movie because they couldn't guess the ending, they must be boring people.

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.

One word review - boring

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

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

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.

However there are enjoyable unexpected surprises in the story, as implausible as some of them were.

I did find the movie to be very slow moving and boring with its direction.

Midway it was clear and started to become predictable.

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.

Entertaining from beginning to end.

Plot is good and the end very interesting and unexpected.

An Elegant and Highly Intense Thriller .

An enjoyable Agatha Christie type plot.

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.

Pity, it's a bit predictable and somewhat lackluster at the best end.

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

Both preposterous and entirely predictable at the same time .

Sadly, the twists and turns are either transparently predictable or highly improbable.

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.

As the movie progressed it became more intriguing.

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

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.

very interesting and suspenseful.

An enjoyable thriller .

But the direction is slow and dull.

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

'The Good Liar' manages to achieve something unique in that it is both ludicrous plot-wise and yet completely predictable when it comes to the big twist.

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

The plot was rather predictable, you knew Helen's character was not that dumb to fall for this guy.

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

Entertaining .

An unexpected plot to a usually predictable concept .

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.

Snoozer .

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

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

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

A couple of really interesting plot twists make this film really worth watching and even though you'll work out something is going on, the truth of it is a real surprise.

Best acting ever And unpredictable .

I even would have preferred the cliche ending of a love story beginning as a con and grew into a mutual love.

Condon's straightforward adaptation of Searle's crime novel is, first and foremost, exceedingly enjoyable.

The editing was good, the soundtrack fitting, and the cinematography engaging.

The performances sold me, and I found the movie very entertaining.

The plot is very predictable and within about 10 minutes you've already worked out 90% of the movie.

Great film, good plot, unexpected ending...

Whether it is to evoke jealousy on one's behalf or to simply overemphasise a mundane aspect in one's life.

The "twist" is extremely predictable; a surprise is a not a surprise if you're already waiting for it.

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

I saw it on TV last night and what a charming and thrilling surprise it was.

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

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

The Good Liar has a thickly layered plot, multiple flashbacks, and unpredictable twists.

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

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

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.

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.

There is a twist which I found predictable and good with the direction it went.

However, I found it to be rather boring.

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

The first half is really good and exciting.

6/10 - good and intriguing thriller that took a dark, disturbing, and unnecessary twist at the end

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

The con artist's mind games continue on in the greater hour of the move as Condon succeeds in keeping things engaging while also having great moments of high tension as the viewers try to see who will come out of this scheme the victor.

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

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

Unfortunately, its screenplay lacks believability and some creativity since the key components of the story are predictable from the get-go.

Okay entertaining .

Strongly acted but a little too safe and predictable .

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

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.

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.

The story unfolds in much the same boring manner as Betty's house; you are left waiting and wanting something better.

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 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.

Trite script, disjointed storyline, laughable plot.

Overall despite a few limitations and dragged out plot points.

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.

Entertaining and with dark plot twists .

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.

not necessarily the most original film ever, but it does the job of entertaining you.

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

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

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.

This was one move where they should have passed on save the money they were paid.

Unfortunately, the plot is convoluted, unbelievable and filled with pointless inane story twists.

Maybe it works in a novel but for the script it comes across as pointless and bleak.

Though the opening half hour or so tends to be a bit tedious, the movie picks up speed about half way through and thunders to a fine climax - a surprise set of twists and turns that are unexpected and completely credible.

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.

What a waste of time, talent and money.

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

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

The pacing was too slow.

I like the mystery genre, where you try to find out what's happening, it keeps your mind focussed and it's entertaining.

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.

But it must be well executed to be enjoyable.

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

Boring, predictable and doesn't pay off.. And poorly written.

interesting sorry line with an unexpected twist at the end.

It has an interesting and exciting theme.

An entertaining 2 hours of suspense but the plot is too contrived to be believed.

The first half of the movie is quite engaging.

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

This was truly riveting.

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

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

There are two twists, one expected, and one unexpected.

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

The plots is very predictable, scenes from the war are poor, the whole element of surprise that would be expected from that type of movie is missing.

The Good Liar offers a predictable tale of deceit from two impeccable performances.

Too many boring conversation and not intense!

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

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.

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