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The Lake House (2006)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 100

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


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 33

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



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Two people develop an unusual relationship that bends the boundaries of time and place in this romantic fantasy. Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) is a doctor who lives in a beautiful home by a lake. Forced to move elsewhere, she requests that any correspondence that arrives at the lake house be passed on to her new address. To her surprise, she soon receives a romantic note from Alex Burnham (Keanu Reeves), an architect who lives in the cottage she once called home. However, a look at the postmark


Drama, Romance

David Auburn

Sep 26, 2006


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All Critics (161) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (100) | DVD (17)

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

November 24, 2006
Rolling Stone
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I have always felt that both Ms. Bullock's patented expressions of anguish and Mr. Reeves' stoical minimalism have been somewhat underrated.

June 28, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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The Lake House demands a serious suspension of disbelief, but if you accept it as a romantic bit of nonsense, it has its pleasures.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Bullock's decision to play Kate as a morose kill-joy is particularly inexplicable. She's getting letters from some hot architect through a hole in the time-space continuum, and yet her expression remains impassive, her voice flat, her outlook maudlin.

June 24, 2006
San Jose Mercury News
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I was hot to trot for the exit halfway through, but a dogged sense of duty kept me stuck in an endless present.

June 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Those wishing to suppress real-life traumas may submit to the deliriously stupid romantic time-travel drama The Lake House -- I did and had a jolly time.

June 19, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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A satisfyingly sarcasm-free ode to the flickering absurdity of romance

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

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

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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

August 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

A little under water, but it still floats.

August 21, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Endless implausibility, cheesy dialogue, and the inert personalities of its charisma-zapped leads conspire to doom this chilly magical mailbox love sham. Nice soundtrack, though.

August 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Like all good romantic movies there's a beautiful house on the lake and a cuddly dog. Good dialogue, great direction, sweet cinematography and good acting -- even by Keanu.

August 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Comment (1)
Hollywood Report Card

Phantom mail ... a postal carrier's worst nightmare ...

July 27, 2006 Full Review

An intriguing idea. Too bad the asteroid sized temporal paradox ruins the end of the flm.

July 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock bring their respective talents to this badly fumbled attempt at a supernatural romantic comedy.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It refreshingly becomes less about time travel and more about the choices we make and the chances we miss.

July 11, 2006 Full Review Source:

Reeves y Bullock no interpretan el papel de su vida, sin embargo cumplen con las expectativas del público en un producto ligero de fin de semana.

July 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, two actors with talent I admire, launched their careers (at least as movie stars) on a runaway bus (Speed) in 1994. They appear to be throwing themselves under one here.

July 10, 2006

Agresti has effectively skirted around hard logic with his velvety presentation.

July 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

While it's not the worst entry from either actor, it's certainly another lame-brained blemish in their careers.

July 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

You know the picture is in trouble when the best actor is the dog and the dog isn't even named Lassie.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Bullock holds her half of the movie up well, proving that she can do subdued just as well as sunny.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

Just when we think we've come to terms with its brand of poorly-plotted silliness it ups the ante once more.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Considered as a vehicle for what I was looking for, (namely these two stars) a success. As a critic, some things you forgive.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Comment (1)
Cinema Signals

Despite the conventions, and a time travel gimmick that winds up being an utter mess, there's something worth appreciating here which makes it certainly worth a look

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
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Audience Reviews for The Lake House

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.
February 27, 2014

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.
April 24, 2013

Super Reviewer

Filled with modern background music the equivalent of 1800's string orchestras, this Hallmark card of a film speaks to yearning and longing, love just out of one's hands. Guys will shoot themselves in the head before a half hour is gone. The ladies will open up the Ben and Jerry's ... one just for them.
November 21, 2012

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