A convoluted, discombobulated take on a small-town drama, Lake City shifts gears so often it never gets out of the driveway.
| Original Score: 1/5
A movie that just didn't really ring true.
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.
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.
Only natural spitfire Spacek, as the pickup-driving mom of the land, feels fresh.
| Original Score: 1/4
One of those Deep Dark Secret movies, the dull indie Lake City combines a wholly uninteresting family mystery with a wholly unconvincing crime drama.
"Lake City" is a throwaway film with a cast it doesn't deserve.
| Original Score: C-
It is phony, manipulative films like this that make people line up for Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Added to the general torpidity and twangy tropes of this Southern family drama is the discomfort of watching a natural actor force it.
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.
The only thing saving Lake City from total ridiculousness is Spacek.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
The story is as impersonal as it is labored.
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.
The astonishingly inept finish could serve as a primer in screenwriting classes on how not to wind up a family drama.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Moore and Hill's script plunges [Sissy] Spacek in a mawkish stew of banality and improbability composed of bits and pieces of earlier roles.
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.'
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.
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.
| Original Score: C+
There is very little wasted motion, to be sure, but also very little real-life like ambience.