The Lake House Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 16, 2006
It doesn't quite work, but it fails with warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 14, 2006
Even for those who buy into the basic ideas, there are credibility gaps that The Lake House cannot surmount. And for those who attempt to apply logic to this movie, everything will come crashing down like a poorly balanced house of cards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 16, 2006
The Lake House swamps its heart-aimed ambitions with too many head- scratching moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 15, 2006
Remember what a fun couple Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves were in Speed? Well, forget that.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 15, 2006
This is a project whose elements, from concept to script to casting, refuse to follow the usual formulas, which is good, yet they never quite cohere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 19, 2006
I was hot to trot for the exit halfway through, but a dogged sense of duty kept me stuck in an endless present.
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.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 15, 2006
Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock reunite for the first time since 1994's "Speed" in a film that should be named "Slow."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
June 16, 2006
You'd think that Reeves' character would be a little more curious about what his lady friend might have to say about Microsoft's share price, say, or if there's going to be a housing bubble.
| Original Score: D
Michael Szymanski
Sci-Fi Weekly
August 23, 2006
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 | Original Score: D-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 16, 2006
The film moves toward a spooky coincidence that canny viewers will predict in the first act. I wish I hadn't; it killed all the film's suspense and much of its dewy seduction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
June 13, 2006
Banal, boring and unsatisfying...falters because its premise never really works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 15, 2006
The most expressive performer in the film is the house.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 29, 2006
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
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
June 14, 2006
She's in the future. He's in the past. Jack the Dog, straddles both dimensions. What's next? A love story framed by the Reimann Hypothesis?
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 15, 2006
The Lake House has the sensibility of something conceived by Stephen King after an overdose of chocolate-covered cherries and valentine cards.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
August 14, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
June 18, 2006
It could be a good idea, but the fantasy is leaden and refuses to play by the rules it itself set up. So it is not very good as a fantasy and it really does not work as a romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Rebecca Murray
About.com
June 14, 2006
Something's terribly wrong when the most engaging character in a Sandra Bullock film is a female dog named Jack.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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-
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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September 3, 2010
Justine Elias
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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