• Lake City
    2 minutes 9 seconds
    Added: Dec 15, 2008

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Lake City Reviews

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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

December 5, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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A movie that just didn't really ring true.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 24, 2008
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com

Contrived and too serious for its own good, it's hard to imagine any distributor loving it so much they want to let the rest of the world see it.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com

April 30, 2008
Mark Peikert
New York Press

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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

November 20, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Only natural spitfire Spacek, as the pickup-driving mom of the land, feels fresh.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

November 21, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

November 21, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

November 21, 2008
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com

It is phony, manipulative films like this that make people line up for Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

February 22, 2009
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Added to the general torpidity and twangy tropes of this Southern family drama is the discomfort of watching a natural actor force it.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 19, 2008
Michelle Orange
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 26, 2008
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 4, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The story is as impersonal as it is labored.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

November 19, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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When Sissy Spacek speaks her cliched lines in the mediocre screenplay of Lake City, her delivery lends them a resonance that is not in the written words.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 21, 2008
Robert Koehler
Christian Science Monitor

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

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

November 21, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 5, 2008
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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Moore and Hill's script plunges [Sissy] Spacek in a mawkish stew of banality and improbability composed of bits and pieces of earlier roles.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 21, 2008
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.'

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

November 20, 2008
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Quaintly shot and paced, not unlike Shotgun Stories, but insanely over-written, Lake City dumps on audiences a plot that consists of 500-some-odd puzzle pieces that all come together exactly as you expect.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C+

December 12, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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There is very little wasted motion, to be sure, but also very little real-life like ambience.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 19, 2008
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