Lantana (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Lantana (2002)



Critic Consensus: Lantana is an intricately plotted character study that quietly shines with authenticity.

Movie Info

Plagued with grief over the murder of her daughter, Valerie Sommers suspects that her husband John is cheating on her. When Valerie disappears, Detective Leon Zat and his partner Claudia attempt to solve the mystery of her absence. As they investigate, a complex web of love, sex and deceit emerges- drawing in four related couples whose various partners are distrustful and suspicious about each other's involvement.more
Rating: R (for language and sexuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Bovell
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 2002
Box Office: $4.3M
Lions Gate Releasing - Official Site


Peter Phelps
as Patrick
Leah Purcell
as Claudia
Russell Dykstra
as Mystery Man
Lani John Tupu
as Patrick's Lover
Lesley Hancock
as Lover's Wife
Angus McGuigan
as Lover's Child
Lionel Tozer
as Police Officer
Glenn Suter
as Police Officer
James Cullington
as Man at Book Launch
Natasha Guthrie
as Young Girl
Puven Pather
as Drug Dealer
Owen McKenna
as Old Man in Pajamas
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Critic Reviews for Lantana

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (34)

A meditation on fidelity in marriage where the suspense and surprises stem from who has -- or hasn't -- been betraying each other and how.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Lawrence cast well and gets terrific performances all the way up and down the line.

March 7, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama.

February 3, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

The emotional experience of "Lantana" is heightened by its marvelous ensemble cast, all of whom etch a character in relatively brief screen time.

Full Review… | January 25, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

As a mystery, "Lantana" is memorable. But as a study in human relationships and the human condition, it's unforgettable.

Full Review… | December 1, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

... boldly, thoroughly, and honestly explores the difficulties of unconditional love in a society that teaches us that we should never deny our base appetites and impulses.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Audience Reviews for Lantana

3 1/4 stars....A fairly interesting movie, but just barely. Really slow. Anthony LaPaglia went through this movie showing the same forlorn face all throughout. I was having a difficult time staying interested...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A brilliant, subdued near-masterpiece concerning feeling lost and numb to one's marriage, as seen through the eyes of different people who are all connected through various odd coincidences. The acting across the board is terrific, especially Anthony LaPaglia as a cop with emotional problems and suffering from guilt after cheating on his wife (Kerry Armstrong). Certainly a very depressing and hard-hitting film that is not afraid to get its hands dirty, but the way it analyzes different situations with such perception and tender care is certainly admirable and impressive. Hard-hitting and not for everyone, definitely an adult movie, but a genuinely fascinating look at marriage and the careless decisions people make in order to find happiness that only proves to be fleeting in the end.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


This Australian gem is an impressive watch with a faultless cast who were all such natural Actors and gave the film a truly realistic feel.

The merging of characters and circumstances were quite seeemlessly delivered to the audience, leaving the film to be unpredictable.

For those who appreciate Actor driven films, this I'm sure, you will enjoy.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Lantana Quotes

Dr. Valerie Somers: Does she know about you?
Patrick Phelan: I assume so. She would sense it wouldn't she?
Dr. Valerie Somers: It depends on how good he is at deceiving her.
Patrick Phelan: Or how good she is at deceiving herself.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Patrick Phelan: He comes encumbered with a wife.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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