Lakeview Terrace Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Isn't much fun either as social commentary or procedural guignol.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Lakeview Terrace isn't anywhere as wacky as LaBute's Wicker Man remake, yet the two reveal an artist too caught up with his misanthropic conceits to notice the ridiculous humor in them.
Clay Cane
BET.com
July 3, 2009
This angry black man wants a 'chocolate drop' of his own -- yes, 'chocolate drop' is actually used in this film! However, it's such a weak movie that you won't get offended.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 12, 2009
It's ironic when the tactics it uses to ratchet up the suspense actually reduces the very real tension that gets communicated in its first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 21, 2009
As a thriller, it's passable, but at what point do we say to director Neil LaBute, "Enough already with the misogynistic themes"?
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 20, 2009
The race-baiting thriller Lakeview Terrace is exactly what you would expect from a screenplay by a Hollywood hack and an established playwright: some sharp dialogue grafted onto a credibility-stretching and familiar plot. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
January 4, 2009
Lakeview Terrace is not a hit by any means, but it is a lot better than Jackson's last film Snakes on a Plane and much improved for director Neil LaBute, known for his previous work on The Wicker Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 14, 2008
...should satisfy fans of "(fill in the blank) from hell" thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
December 5, 2008
As a thriller it's solid three-star tension. As a Samuel L. Jackson showcase it proves a man can only coast through so many motherfuckin' or milquetoastin' turns before having to display his full and overpowering talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
December 5, 2008
The yawning chasm between the film's aspirations to social significance and its cheese-o-licious straight-to-video construction make it a chucklesome guilty pleasure.
| Original Score: 2/6
Leigh Singer
Film4
December 5, 2008
A potboiler with pretensions that's never really at the races.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
December 5, 2008
It's a terrifically unstable performance that is admirably matched by the exasperated victims. The ending is too allegorical for its own health, but this is intelligent cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 5, 2008
From certain angles, Lakeview Terrace may look neurotic or even reactionary, but I found it bracingly tactless, particularly because interracial couples are still something of a taboo in modern Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
December 5, 2008
Yet despite the crudeness that finally overtakes Lakeview Terrace, it may be a more accurate representation of racial attitudes in Los Angeles than many inhabitants would care to admit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
December 5, 2008
After multiplex clinkers like Jumper and Cleaner, Lakeview Terrace does give Jackson somewhere to move that actually brings the house down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Total Film
December 5, 2008
Lacking even a Changing Lanes level of insight into America's racial partition, this old-school, domestic-invasion thriller still has Samuel L Jackson's twisted enforcer to push the right buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Heart 106.2
December 5, 2008
Watching this film is like stretching a spring and then letting it go again... and again... gripping and utterly absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 5, 2008
Having an angry Samuel L Jackson as your nasty neighbour would be anybody's idea of bad news. Tense and terrifying, this is a smart thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sun Online
December 5, 2008
It's uncomfortable viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 5, 2008
But this cop, played with wicked finesse by Jackson while the script allows, deserves the chance to strut his hour in the smoke-free sun.
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