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You don’t want to come down too hard on a movie that tries so hard at being noble, but that’s really the signature feature of “The Good Lie.” It’s a movie that means so well and is so interested in a larger good, that its bland, entirely moderate tone might go unnoticed. It documents the journey of Sudanese refugees being transplanted to Kansas, where they’re put under the watchful eye of Reese Witherspoon. She’s fine—like most of her films, Witherspoon is no better or worse than the material — but the film is neither a hard enough look at the problem in Sudan nor any of the official obstacles of what life is like as a refugee. It’s really a fish-out-of-water culture clash, which, again, is fine. But there’s definitely more to tell, and plenty of reason to try.

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Creative Loafing Atlanta Margaret Nagle, Arnold Oceng, and Kuoth Wiel discuss 'The Good Lie' Screenwriter Margaret Nagle and actors Arnold Oceng and Kuoth Wiel share their personal connections to Sudan and the story behind The Good Lie. by Edward Adams 10/03/2014
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New Times San Luis Obispo Review: The Good Lie Ken Korman says this film about Sudanese refugees isn’t just another Reese Witherspoon vehicle by Ken Korman 09/29/2014
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