Picks and Pans Review: Lie to Me

updated 01/26/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/26/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

FOX, Jan. 21, 9 p.m. ET

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Tim Roth, best known for Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, plays Cal Lightman, a deception expert who assists in criminal investigations using a well-honed technique that helps him detect all sorts of clues in a suspect's voice, expression and gestures. It's sort of like The Mentalist with body language. The first episode's mystery—a murdered teacher—falls a bit flat, but Roth's performance is wry and clever; while everyone involved with the death acts up a storm of telltale twitches, he's poker-faced—yet his is the performance you watch.

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