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2014 3.0/5 IMDb 7.6/10 (4.8k) TV-14 SuperHD 92 minutes

As retired magician and escape artist James Randi sets out to expose frauds, he negotiates a personal life that's also fraught with deception.

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James Randi Directed by Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom

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Language: English

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"An Honest Liar" is a fascinating look at what the truth means, and how it means different things to different people. It's also a reminder that no one has a monopoly on it. Not even the Amazing Randi.

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2015-04-09

 

Randi's ability to disclose Popoff's religious perjury will make any skeptic stand and applaud.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-04-02

 

Anyone who can challenges faith healers, psychics and mediums who claim a special bond with the dead - and often wins those challenges - deserves a standing ovation.

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, 2015-03-27

 

Randi's story suggests a modern-day footnote to Herman Melville's novel The Confidence-Man, reflecting the strange interplay between show business, religion, and hucksterism in American life.

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2015-03-20

 

Randi's a sly charmer, and an engaging guide through the film ...

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2015-03-20

 

After getting to know the TV personality who unmasked psychics as simply magicians themselves, it makes getting to know the man behind the crusade even more powerful.

Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-03-20

 

It would violate a taboo to relate how this movie magic, masterfully orchestrated by Weinstein and Measom, is done. Their film is as smooth as Randi's patter and demonstrates how the documentarian's camera is quicker than the eye.

Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2015-03-19

 

In the end, "An Honest Liar" becomes a far more layered tale than it starts out to be.

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2015-03-19

 

A worthwhile portrayal of an intelligent and skilled old-school conjuror who can look the audience in the eye and say, "I'm a deceiver and I'm going to deceive you," and then do just that.

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-03-19

 

"An Honest Liar" isn't simply a career recap or a fond portrait; the movie takes exhilarating turns as directors Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom follow present-day developments in Randi's personal life.

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 2015-03-05

 

Documenting a lifetime spent gulling audiences and pursuing con men, the directors Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom have produced a jaunty, jovial portrait with a surprising sting in its tail.

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 2015-03-05

 

The film deserves to be seen, and admired, for its own revelations, and for its unlikely, yet deeply affecting, transformation into a story of abiding love that, in its own turn, involves a deception.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2015-03-05

 

Intriguing stuff.

David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 2015-03-03

 

Plays more like a greatest hits compilation than a biography ...

Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2015-03-03

 

Bounces along enjoyably on a sea of archival clips from Randi's high-profile career, with latter-day input from numerous celebrity pals (and at least one famous foe).

Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2015-01-17

 

Aptly seductive ...

Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail, 2014-08-08

 

Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein turn a standard bio-doc about an extraordinary man into a rumination on the blurred line between trickery and truth.

Ariel Teplitsky, Toronto Star, 2014-05-01

 

The doc makes a hairpin turn into sentiment, as the realities of immigration law impose themselves on Randi's private relationship with his Venezuelan lover of 25 years.

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, 2015-03-04