The Lake House (2006)



Critic Consensus: The plot of The Lake House is a little too convoluted, and the film fails to pull off the sweeping romance it aims for.

Movie Info

A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its newest resident, a frustrated architect. When they discover that they're actually living two years apart, they must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.

Rating: PG (for some language and a disturbing image)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: David Auburn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2006
Box Office: $52.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Alex Wyler

as Dr. Kate Forster

as Dr. Anna Klyczynski

as Morgan

as Simon Wyler

as Kate's Mother

as Henry Wyler

as Hostess

as Mulhern

as Cove Patron

as Receptionist

as Attendant

as Costello

as Madhvi Patel

as Ivy League Jr. Archi...

as Restaurant Patron

as Girl Patient

as Nurse Practitioner

as Party Goer

as Restaurant Patron

as Hostess No. 2

as Pediatrician
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Critic Reviews for The Lake House

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (48)

I can't believe that even the most rabid chick-flick masochists wouldn't gag on it.

November 24, 2006
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

I have always felt that both Ms. Bullock's patented expressions of anguish and Mr. Reeves' stoical minimalism have been somewhat underrated.

Full Review… | June 28, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

The Lake House demands a serious suspension of disbelief, but if you accept it as a romantic bit of nonsense, it has its pleasures.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A satisfyingly sarcasm-free ode to the flickering absurdity of romance

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Maybe I'm just overly romantic or sentimental or just plain naive, but I probably liked The Lake House more than I should have.

Full Review… | September 27, 2006
Movie Metropolis

Time-travel films often bring up a lot of questions, and they often fall apart with thoughtful scrutiny, but that's part of the fun. However, one shouldn't be wondering that the only benefit these two have with this magical mailbox connection is that they

Full Review… | August 23, 2006
Sci-Fi Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Lake House

This was just a wonderful film that just another one of those films that makes me believe in true love again.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


There is a clear lack of logical chronology in this film. The letters exchanged seem unsubstantial letters at best. Is she really going everyday to a lake house to read and write letters? And then have imaginary talks with some guy from the past? The characters come off as slightly flat and without any particular personality. It's a flawed film with a good premise.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Hokey as hell but still enjoyable. I'm a sucker for time travel love matter how implausible or Keanu Reevesy. Paul McCartney and Nick Drake provide a moving soundtrack, and Tony and Pulitzer Award-winning David Auburn's script yields some nice romantic insights.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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