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Lake Placid (1999)

tomatometer

39

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 43

Faux horror schtick fails to elicit any laughs or scares.

22

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 14

Faux horror schtick fails to elicit any laughs or scares.

audience

36

liked it
Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 125,119

My Rating

Movie Info

So what's under the water in that lake deep in the Maine woods? No one is sure what it could be, but a dead and severely mutilated body was found near the shore, and the only clue is a large tooth which appears to be from a prehistoric animal resembling a huge crocodile. Jack Wells (Bill Pullman), the local fish and game warden, is investigating the case when he's assigned a helper, paleontologist Kelly Scott (Bridget Fonda). Kelly generally does office work since she hates the outdoors (a

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Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

David E. Kelley

Jan 11, 2000

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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (43) | DVD (18)

A funny film!

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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The funniest film of the summer!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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There's a special look that actors get - avid yet resigned - when the movie they're starring in is so bad it practically billboards their stalled careers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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This is just a variant on ten thousand other huge-creature-tryin'-to-kill-me movies.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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An almost mystifyingly bad movie!

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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It stinks so bad that Buntzen Lake, where this bogus effort was partly filmed, probably still reeks.

February 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

A passable yet unspectacular horror effort...

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Surprise to say, the film is actually, by turns, both scary and funny, although seldom at the same time.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

Far from being a great film, but it's a guilty pleasure for sure.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Steve Miner directs this shaggy-dog movie that wonderfully reveals the strange and the wondrous in all of God's creations.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

If you want some mindless entertainment then go see this, if not, wait for the video.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Without the sarcastic wit of television mega-talent of David E. ("Emmy") Kelley, this lowbrow horror entry might have been titled Lake Flaccid.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

A dumb, forced attempt at camp horror!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Not as imaginatively campy as Tremors and certainly far from as suspenseful or unnerving as Jaws.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Where "Godzilla" makes the head hurt, "Placid" splashes up a bit fun. A solid "B" movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

As dramatically substantial as "Ally McBeal" is skinny!

January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Terribly mediocre.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The cast is game enough, but they cannot elevate the weak material beyond the watchable junk level.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The only thing Lake Placid ultimately has going for it is its witty dialogue.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

It's not a bad little flick, although there's nothing in it to prescribe it for the big screen. A solid rental to be sure.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

Is 'Lake Flaccid' too obvious of a pun?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Bitchslap
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Audience Reviews for Lake Placid

I love genre-bending movies, and especially those that mix horror with comedy. That puts me dead center of the target demographic of this film. The plot is pretty silly and there certainly isn't enough action for anyone looking for scares. What saves it is the script. It's witty and never takes itself too seriously. The characters are all foils for one another, setting up some of the most entertaining dialog of any movie I know.
The plot revolves around a 30 foot Asian crocodile somehow winding up in a lake in Maine - go figure. What makes the movie are the characters assembled to do something about it. Bridget Fonda is an annoying paleontologist who's never before ventured out of her museum. Here, she plays both the archetypal fish out of water as well as potential romantic interest for the local game warden, played by Bill Pullman. The essential characters are rounded out by Brendan Gleeson's dour sheriff, Oliver Platt's rich and eccentric mythology buff, and Betty White as the colorful local little old lady with a secret or two.
As I said, reduced to a plot outline, it's pretty unimpressive, but the verbal barbs that fly back and forth between the characters are what make the show. It's an "action/horror" movie I could watch with my eyes shut and still enjoy. 5 Stars 11-05-13
November 15, 2013
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Bruce Bruce

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To begin with its not even Lake Placid, but some other lake, this one up in Maine ("the graveyard of horror!" ... I just said that. I don't know if its true. Like the sound of it though. London's maybe the real graveyard ... anyway ) and there's something in the water, something big, and its eating people. Funny and cool creature feature.
October 21, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Lake Placid I believe is a very underrated film. The film seems to be crucified by the fact it was written by Alley McBeal creator, David E. Kelly. If you can get past this fact, Lake Placid is a very entertaining horror comedy. The acting is decent at best and the scares are good enough, but the film works because it is entertaining and is meant to be a fun film to watch. The film's story is about a killer larger than life crocodile, and the hunt to capture it. With a script laced with tongue and cheeks humour, Lake Placid is different killer creature film. The films humour does get nerve racking at times, but considering the length of the film, in the end you don't care. If you like silly horror films, then you'll most likely want to watch this film.Veteran horror director Steve Miner (Friday The 13th Part 2, 3, House, Halloween H20) directs this film with wit, and Minder definitely knows how to craft a good, fun, B movie style creature film. Even if Lake Placid is flawed, this is still a very good little film. A fairly good effort in general, Lake Placid manages to combine Silliness with decent enough horror element. This film can definitely be seen as an introduction to a horror film for people who are new to the genre. The film will probably appeal to a younger, more ripe horror crowd who can't handle films such as The Exorcist. If you're new to horror and want a killer creature film, then watch this one or Jaws. This is fairly soft in it's horror themes to appeal to people who would usually hate the genre due to the fact that it's too intense.
February 13, 2011
TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

So much fun. Great cast, great script and the Citizen Kane of Croc movies.
January 7, 2011
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

    1. Hank Keogh: I never heard of a crocodile crossing an ocean.
    2. Hector Cyr: Well, they conceal information like that in books.
    – Submitted by George P (4 months ago)
    1. Hank Keogh: Was that, like, a homosexual remark You know Hector, I'm sure you're a fine person in your own mental way, but I think it would be best if you and I didn't speak.
    – Submitted by George P (4 months ago)
    1. Hank Keogh: I'm going to say this because I believe in being straight with people: I think you are a mental.
    2. Hector Cyr: Sheriff, I appreciate your candor, really I do. I think it's always good to know where somebody's coming from and frankly your origins have been a bit of a mystery ... to me.
    – Submitted by George P (4 months ago)
    1. Hector Cyr: Let's not overlook the fact that he didn't eat me.
    2. Jack Wells: 'Cause he just ate a cow, stupid!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Hank Keogh: [the U.S. and Florida game officials finally show up] We, uh, trapped him with our chopper.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Mrs. Bickerman: Murders and rapes in the city, people bomb planes, can the police stop 'em? No! But feed one little cow to a crocodile...
    2. Hank Keogh: You're gonna stay right here until the police show. You're under full house arrest.
    3. Mrs. Bickerman: Thank you, officer fuck-meat!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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