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Lake City (2008)

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11

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 24

Lake City fails to make use of its accomplished cast, with the story unraveling amid the competing visions of its dual directors.

13

Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 13

Lake City fails to make use of its accomplished cast, with the story unraveling amid the competing visions of its dual directors.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity, and music icon Dave Matthews star in this tale of an estranged mother and son who reluctantly come together in hopes of saving their home. Maggie (Spacek) and Billy (Garity) are a desperate mother and damaged son who went their separate ways following a long-ago tragedy. South African-born singer/songwriter Matthews portrays a drug dealer willing to harm anyone keeping him from recovering cocaine that was stolen from him by Billy's troubled wife. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

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Hunter Hill, Perry Moore

Mar 3, 2009

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A convoluted, discombobulated take on a small-town drama, Lake City shifts gears so often it never gets out of the driveway.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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With all the high-profile movies blasting into theaters at this time of year, Lake City will probably get lost in the shuffle. That won't be a tragedy.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Mother and son have an uneasy bond that should be familiar to anyone who has ever seen a movie in which a child's room has been preserved and locked tight.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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An interesting little film.

November 24, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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A movie that just didn't really ring true.

November 24, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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One of those Deep Dark Secret movies, the dull indie Lake City combines a wholly uninteresting family mystery with a wholly unconvincing crime drama.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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...ultimately establishes itself as a compelling little drama...

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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It is phony, manipulative films like this that make people line up for Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

February 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

When Hill and Moore leave story and characters behind to veer off into suspenseless chases through cornfields, one wonders if the era of earnest American drama may be coming to a close.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The only thing saving Lake City from total ridiculousness is Spacek.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The astonishingly inept finish could serve as a primer in screenwriting classes on how not to wind up a family drama.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

An intermittently admirable but largely incongruous work that suggests not only divergent sensibilities on the part of the two neophyte filmmakers, but a certain indecisiveness regarding their core audience.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

"Lake City" is a throwaway film with a cast it doesn't deserve.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The movie has an earnest tone, and a burnished golden glow that's pleasing to the eye, but the characters have no life beyond their immediate problems, and the actions the plot requires them to take to resolve them.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

All of these movies uneasily coexist under the umbrella title of Lake City, which is a shame because Sissy Spacek can be found wasting a genuinely affecting performance in this mess.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

The filmmakers rely excessively on a repeated dreamlike flashback and on foliage, fields and sunsets to remind us 'we are all part of a greater universe.'

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Lake City

Sissy and Troy are good but the screenplay is rather scattered not leaving them with much to work with although they do have one good emotional scene.
March 15, 2009
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Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity, and music icon Dave Matthews star in this tale of an estranged mother and son who reluctantly come together in hopes of saving their home. Maggie (Spacek) and Billy (Garity) are a desperate mother and damaged son who went their separate ways following a long-ago tragedy. South African-born singer/songwriter Matthews portrays a drug dealer willing to harm anyone keeping him from recovering cocaine that was stolen from him by Billy's troubled wife.


Lake City is a powerful film, well made, well cast and well scripted. The direction is remarkable and the acting is fabulous. Each actor comes across very natural and the characters are very believable....at many times, it is almost like watching a real life situation. The director's have dealt with the story in a very special manner, and still maintaining the fine balance between the feelings of love, anger, rage, guilt, and compassion. The mother and son relationship is the best that has ever been able to portray. It a must to see film. Nice.
4 stars
February 6, 2009
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