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TIFF Review Round-up: 'A Serious Man,' 'Invention of Lying'

September 14, 2009 |  8:56 am

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Reviews for the Toronto International Film Festival screenings of the Coen Brothers' "A Serious Man" (pictured) and the Ricky Gervais-directed and -penned "The Invention of Lying" have filtered through the Internet this morning, and we are pleased to digest them for you.

Variety seems to hit the nail on the head in regard to "Serious," a modest, indie-minded drama with no major stars: "It's the kind of picture you get to make after you win an Oscar."  The Hollywood Reporter is more generous with its praise for its humor and performances, but acknowledges its possibly limited appeal ("it's not likely to expand the membership [of Coen Brothers' fans]'"). Cinematical, however, is effusive about the picture, citing it as "the culmination of their lives." Wow.

Meanwhile, the few pundits who have weighed in on Ricky Gervais' comedy "The Invention of Lying" seem largely pleased with the picture. Screen Daily calls its premise -- Gervais' schlubby screenwriter spins a colossal fib to win the heart of Jennifer Garner -- "worthy of a screwball farce," while Dark Horizons considers the pic "entertaining and thought-provoking." The film opens in theaters October 2.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: "A Serious Man" / Focus Features

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