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The Good Liar
Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find...  View more >

Starring Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Mark Lewis Jones...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Nov 12, 2019
Watching Helen Mirren and Ian McKellan in their first movie together was like watching a master chef prepare a meal. Regardless of whether you like what is made, it was a joy having experienced the preparation. Even better when you enjoy the end result!

These are two actors that one could enjoy recite the phonebook. Mirren brings a dignity to any movie (including Red) that seems so natural, that you can't imagine anyone doing it better. While there were times when I saw glimpses of Gandalf in McKellan's performance that drew me out of the story momentarily, he captured his role with aplomb.

And then there's the story. When I read the plot summary before the preview, I thought I knew what movie I was going to see. Even though it didn't seem all that original, my affinity for the leads made me look forward to seeing it nonetheless. Without giving too much away, I'm able to tell you that the end result was a pleasing blend of intrigue, tenderness, and suspense.

While this movie probably will not blow up the box office or cause lines outside the theater, this is exactly the kind of movie that movie fans deserve to get as often as possible. As much as everyone enjoys a mindless action movie at a certain level, they're not for everyone, and there's only so much of that which one can take before needing a break.

Movies like The Good Liar hearken back to a time when one could "go to the movies" and see whatever was playing, and leave entertained and happy for the time spent with two wonderful masters of their craft spinning a tale that should please all but the most simplistic of tastes.

Highly recommended! If you don't see it in theaters, you should definitely rent it when it becomes available.
Nov 18, 2019
No question this was a very GOOD movie. I didn't think it would go the way I was thinking. And yes they should have more like this.

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