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Lantana (2002)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 93 | Rotten: 10

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


Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 2

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



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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.


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Andrew Bovell

May 21, 2002


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All Critics (119) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (93) | Rotten (10) | DVD (15)

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

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Lawrence cast well and gets terrific performances all the way up and down the line.

March 7, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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A perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama.

February 3, 2002
Washington Post
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The emotional experience of "Lantana" is heightened by its marvelous ensemble cast, all of whom etch a character in relatively brief screen time.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Solving the mystery of the dead body would be enough for most Hollywood movies. In Lantana, it's merely a device to launch us into more rewarding explorations.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Lantana is so rich in secondary characters and performances it's hard to mention them all. But you will certainly appreciate them.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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As a mystery, "Lantana" is memorable. But as a study in human relationships and the human condition, it's unforgettable.

December 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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

The sort of movie that highbrow critics love to overrate...It's Married With Children for serious-minded folks without a sense of humor.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

The movie doesn't have the appeal of a Hitchcock psychological murder mystery. It's more a well-acted study about the thorny landscape of relationships.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

It has a sensuality years away from the young faces and trainer-toned bodies we've come to expect.

March 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

It makes thoughts and emotional webs run wild in our heads, and leaves us unsure of how to describe them, simply by focusing on the complexity of people.

September 9, 2002

Warmly received at its world premiere (Opening Film, Sydney Film Festival, June 8, 2001), Lantana is a film for film lovers, an engaging character study whose subjects are as varied as they are self-contradictory.

August 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Cutting up love---In every dream house grows a Lantana of heartache

July 15, 2002 Full Review
Pasadena Weekly

Intriguing Australian film that's a must for independent film fans.

July 9, 2002 Full Review

Where "Lantana" succeeds is by out smarting it's audience. It is masquerading as a predictable thriller, but it's far from that. It will keep you guessing til the very end

May 30, 2002

A stark and haunting study of marital discord.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Lantana couldn't quite pull off being both a mystery story and a psychological drama.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A direct, affecting movie, one where every character hangs suspended between loneliness and the possibility of love.

March 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Lantana meets its coincidences head-on, with a wink and a nudge that -- abetted by a compelling story and performances -- cajole us into playing along.

March 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

This is the sort of fiercely intelligent, emotionally gripping movie about people that almost never gets made any more.

March 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Lantana is definitely a film that works better on a moment to moment basis than it does as a complete package.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source:

Uno de los dramas más hermosos que se han filmado.

February 20, 2002

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...
December 16, 2013

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.
April 19, 2013
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.
October 14, 2010

Super Reviewer

not to sure i fully understood this but i dunno ill probably have to watch it again then give review
April 24, 2009
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

    1. Dr. Valerie Somers: Does she know about you?
    2. Patrick Phelan: I assume so. She would sense it wouldn't she?
    3. Dr. Valerie Somers: It depends on how good he is at deceiving her.
    4. Patrick Phelan: Or how good she is at deceiving herself.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Patrick Phelan: He comes encumbered with a wife.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
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