Gillian Flynn
March 24, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Jakob the Liar

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
120 minutes
performer
Alan Arkin, Robin Williams, Bob Balaban
director
Peter Kassovitz
author
Peter Kassovitz
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a C-

This role must have hit Williams right in his sensitive-man sweet spot: He gets to cry and dance with children, mug and display innocent wonder. As Jakob Heym — a Polish Jew who brings hope to the WWII ghetto by projecting good news from a nonexistent radio — he also gets to be kinda annoying. C-

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