Lie To Me 1.01 (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Tim Roth: Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams: Dr. Gillian Foster
Monica Raymund: Ria Torres
Brendan Hines: Eli Loker
Kay Panabaker:
Jake Thomas: James Cooke
Kathryn Meisle:
Scott Paulin: Gerald Cooke
Robert Wisdom: Bonds
Joshua C. Stamberg: A.U.S.A. Hutchinson
Tim Griffin:
Randy Oglesby:
Tyrees Allen: DNC Chairman Baldridge
Tim Guinee: Ron Foster
Executive Producer: Samuel Baum
Writer: Samuel Baum
Director: Robert Schwentke

Lie To Me 1.01 Lie To Me (2009)

Behaviourial scientist Dr. Cal Lightman is an expert on reading peoples facial mannerisms and other body language to detect whether someone is lying or not. His company, The Lightman Group, is hired on two cases this week: one involving an under-eighteen murder suspect and another where a politician is about to be exposed for regularly using an escort.

7/10

While the facial micro-expressions are performed without enough subtlety (and so come across as gurning), the two plots are pretty off-the-shelf and the spread of lead characters is mandated by US TV law (the maverick hero, the powerful woman, the gifted rookie and the odd one), the concept is intriguing. Part of why you want to watch is, well, not to put too fine a point on it, a fascination with becoming a better liar or, if you’re lying about it, to try and better detect liars yourself. Tim Roth is our maverick hero and is, as usual, excellent. This could be his House but only time will tell.

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