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The Lake House Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 24, 2006
I can't believe that even the most rabid chick-flick masochists wouldn't gag on it.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 24, 2006
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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.
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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
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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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 19, 2006
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 16, 2006
I couldn't spoil the plot if I wanted to, since I have no idea how it all ties together.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 16, 2006
A pretty soap bubble of a movie. It's lovely to look at and calming to watch, but don't try to touch it - it just might pop and vanish, right there in your hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
June 16, 2006
There's only one answer to this epistolary screen romance: Return to Sender.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 16, 2006
It's a delicate, hyper-romantic atmosphere, pensive and steeped in longing, that covers over the story's inconsistencies -- or at least offers enough distraction to make us not care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 16, 2006
A bit too moody and metaphysical for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 16, 2006
The sort of dopey movie best appreciated while wearing pajamas.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 16, 2006
The time-warp romantic fantasy The Lake House is a puzzle that is maddeningly obtuse, emotionally overstretched and virtually absent a sense of interior logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 16, 2006
It may have a nice view, but this is one house with a decidedly shoddy foundation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 16, 2006
We also know the last time Keanu and Sandra shared the screen together. That was yesterday and Speed. This is today and Snail. I'm not betting on a tomorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 16, 2006
The Lake House may float your boat if you're starved for romance, but really, love deserves better.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 16, 2006
The list of inconsistencies is far too long and laborious to recount.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 16, 2006
Enough of the plot and its paradoxes. What I respond to in the movie is its fundamental romantic impulse. It makes us hope these two people will somehow meet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 16, 2006
Engaging.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 16, 2006
As soon as Kate lets drop that her favorite author is Jane Austen and the Nick Drake songs kick in on the soundtrack, you know this movie won't be taking any prisoners. Don't fight it with logic, because you'll lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 15, 2006
The Lake House is one of the more befuddling movies of recent years. The premise makes no sense, no matter how you turn it around in your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
June 15, 2006
The joy lies in getting there, with lush visual direction by Alejandro Agresti and appealing performances by Ms. Bullock and her old Speed co-star Keanu Reeves.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 15, 2006
Instead of paying attention to the love story, you'll be staring at the capacious holes in the plot. While the premise might seem hard to understand, it's really not. It's just hard to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2006
A chronological brain-teaser confounding enough to keep you busy trying to figure out whether those holes are in the story or in your logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 15, 2006
There is still chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, but a heavy dose of Hollywood metaphysics keeps them apart for most of this wondrously illogical time-travel romance.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 15, 2006
There is a germ of a good idea in the notion that an imaginary suitor can be more powerful than a real one. But director Alejandro Agresti isn't the man to pull it off.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 15, 2006
Even with a low-wattage pair like Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, the concept is too touching to deny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 15, 2006
It's refreshing to see the much-maligned Reeves show many colors in his acting palette. And the subdued Bullock is an excellent complement, the puzzle piece that squares off his jigsaw personality.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 15, 2006
Let's do the Time Warp again.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 15, 2006
Somehow, one thinks, your tear ducts will come away from this without incident.
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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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 15, 2006
Even if you are willing to suspend your disbelief, the film still has some problems.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 15, 2006
Kleenex won't be necessary for watching the wannabe weepy The Lake House, but some sort of pain reliever is essential - because trying to determine whether this time-travel romance functions logically will seriously make your head hurt.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 14, 2006
The pieces of the puzzle don't fit together to form a coherent or satisfying narrative, and all you're left with is a big, dumb 'Huh?'
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 14, 2006
The only real magic in The Lake House is that Kate and Alex have never heard of e-mail.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
June 13, 2006
Watching it is like being force-fed cotton candy laced with Xanax (or vice versa).
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Roger Ebert
Ebert & Roeper
June 12, 2006
It's sweet, and it works.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 12, 2006
This is one of my favorite movies so far this year.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
June 12, 2006
[The Lake House is] for profundity through multiple story levels that aren't fully realized.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
June 12, 2006
More a valentine to Chicago's architecture than the aching love story it purports to be, The Lake House is a slow-moving, never-igniting tale of calendar-crossed lovers that grows less convincing as it proceeds.