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Where the Truth Lies

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Canada, United Kingdom · 2005
1h 47m
Director Atom Egoyan
Starring Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman, David Hayman
Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller

An ambitious reporter probes the reasons behind the sudden split of a 1950s comedy team.

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L.A. Weekly by

When conventional answers arrive, Where the Truth Lies seems as cheesy as its title -- but its disorienting layers of narrative make the double-entendre almost profound.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

It's compelling in the way many B-movies are - cheap, sleazy, and lacking the depth we have come to associate with this director.


The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

Egoyan's sensibility doesn't quite fit the material. His trademark stone-faced austerity never bends to capture the black comedy in the dissonance between his characters' public and private lives. It almost demands a trashier approach.


New York Magazine (Vulture) by Ken Tucker

The time shifts are awkward, and Egoyan displays little of the deftness of characterization he evinced in such movies as "Exotica" (1994) and "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997); the result is a cold scold of a movie.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

A mood of lush romantic decadence -- sleaze made enigmatic -- hovers over Where the Truth Lies, which has a score that works so hard to evoke "Vertigo" that it may leave you dizzy.


The Hollywood Reporter by Ray Bennett

Atom Egoyan has delivered a big, slick and sexy mystery in Where the Truth Lies, turning the Rupert Holmes novel into a sumptuous tale of show business hype and duplicity.


Variety by Todd McCarthy

Atom Egoyan's most mainstream and genre-oriented picture in his 20-year career applies a thick noir lacquer to a jumbled, time-jumping tale of a young female journalist prying the facts out of the aging entertainers and their cronies.

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