Where the Truth Lies

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2005


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Atom Egoyan
Where the Truth Lies is a 2005 mystery thriller starring Colin Firth ("The King's Speech") and Kevin Bacon ("Apollo 13"). In 1957, the hugely popular comedy duo of Vince Collins (Colin Firth) and Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) shock the entertainment world when they end their act after a scandal. A dead young waitress named Maureen (Rachel Blanchard) is found in their Atlantic City hotel room even though her last known whereabouts was in Miami. Both entertainers have ironclad alibis, as they were performing at a nationally broadcast telethon before discovering the body. Fifteen years later, the mystery remains about the why they broke up and how the girl died. An enterprising young reporter, Karen O'Connor (Alison Lohman), has signed a lucrative book deal about the case and manages to score interviews with both of the estranged partners. The story weaves through the two stars' different versions of events, the complicated relationship between the duo, and the investigative discoveries of Karen. Atom Egoyan ("The Sweet Hereafter") directs this moody Hollywood thriller based on the best-selling novel by Rupert Holmes.moreless


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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The real reason to see it is its style, which sets an otherwise fairly unremarkable whodunit in a seedy, lite-Lynchian wonderland that's enjoyable to hang out in for a while.

  • 60

    Variety 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 ...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    In the end, it is Mr. Egoyan's fealty to the novel, its feints and dodges, that proves the film's undoing.

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Thrillers, Crime