The Lake House Reviews

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Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 28, 2006
I have always felt that both Ms. Bullock's patented expressions of anguish and Mr. Reeves' stoical minimalism have been somewhat underrated.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 27, 2006
While the movie isn't as bad as its dubious trailer portends, it suffers terribly from a truncated narrative puzzle device that connects two lovers from different eras via an old-fashioned mailbox at a lake house.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
June 24, 2006
The most romantic movie since 'Somewhere In Time'
Full Review | Original Score: 7/11
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Anna Smith
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The Lake House demands a serious suspension of disbelief, but if you accept it as a romantic bit of nonsense, it has its pleasures.
Mark Kermode
Guardian
June 24, 2006
The last time Bullock and Reeves were together on screen the result was Speed. This should have been entitled Stop.
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
June 24, 2006
A compelling idea delicately handled and neatly played, especially by Bullock. It just lacks the emotional directness to turn the good into the great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 24, 2006
...an effective romance...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 24, 2006
If you're not sucked in by the romance of the story, there's a chance you'll find it laughably awful, thanks to poorly written lines and Keanu's delivery of the world's least convincing sneeze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 24, 2006
Who knows -- perhaps it's not a glitch in the fourth dimension that Kate and Alex must traverse, but rather just some bad editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
June 24, 2006
One of the most nonsensical and unsatisfying films of the year.
| Original Score: 1/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 24, 2006
A movie that's trying with all its might to be an earnest, poignant relationship drama, yet it fails at each and every turn thanks to zero chemistry between its leads and the complete absence of a coherent plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 24, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 23, 2006
It's hard to recall a recent picture in which Bullock has been allowed to draw upon her natural charisma... After about 20 minutes, you just wish somebody would tickle her.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 22, 2006
Dear Keanu and Sandra: Speed is more your speed
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 21, 2006
Good, but put simply, any romance that doesn't make at least one successful major assault on your tear ducts is one handkerchief shy of great romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 21, 2006
Reunites the stars of Speed for a film that's beautifully shot but about as unspeedy as humanly possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 20, 2006
The entire concept sounds like something Tony Leung dreamed up on a bender during 2046. Sure, it's complete nonsense... but what lush, irresistibly entertaining nonsense.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
June 20, 2006
'The Lake House' is one of those romances that strives for unconventionality at the expense of clear storytelling and good sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 20, 2006
For all its magical realism and relative beauty and intelligence, 'The Lake House' is a confusingly downcast chick-flick.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 19, 2006
Reeves and Bullock bring the right balance of emotions to their roles. They give The Lake House its humor, its drama, and its undeniable romantic spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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