• Lantana
    2 minutes 2 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Lantana Reviews

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Jim Judy
Screen It!

An engaging and absorbing drama that rings true thanks to the cast and crew who excel at their respective crafts.

Full Review Source: Screen It!

February 1, 2002
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Smolders but never explodes.

February 1, 2002
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

These are, for the most part, believable and honest characters, though I'm not sure they always behave the way they would in real life.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

February 1, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

January 25, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

One of the best.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

January 25, 2002
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Lantana has more than the usual dramatic quota of unhappiness, but it's alive in each scene, beautifully shot, and directed by Lawrence with fierce care for subtleties.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

January 25, 2002
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

Lawrence arrays their outstanding work in sensual, fluent fashion, making a bright, shiny and attractive movie out of the dim, dark hearts of his characters.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

January 25, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 25, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

January 25, 2002
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The thorns in this film prick real blood, the color of which too few films can or care to examine. It is fine stuff indeed.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

January 25, 2002
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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The film is as dense as its namesake, and it reminds us how few contemporary thrillers are adult.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 25, 2002
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Lantana, as coiled and thorny as its title suggests, gets its chilling energy from LaPaglia's quiet intensity.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune

January 25, 2002
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Lawrence's storytelling skills don't seem to have eroded -- if anything, they may have gotten even stronger.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 25, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Has a refreshingly keen ability to see everything from multiple angles.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

January 24, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Characters and situations that are compelling on their own get shoved together in ways that feel forced and fake, as if there are only a dozen people in Sydney and they all know each other.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

January 24, 2002
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Lawrence tweaks the stereotypes and creates rich character studies that speak volumes about how we live now as well as what constitutes the basis of happiness.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B+

January 24, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A psychological thriller that emphasizes the psychology over the thrills. It's a smart, heart-twisting picture.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2002
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

I grew to resent the way the storylines began to collide and converge -- it isn't a small world, it's microscopic.

January 24, 2002
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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If some of the connections stretch credulity, an exquisite ensemble cast ... inhabit their characters with a subtle authenticity.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 24, 2002
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Even in its quiet moments, the movie is possessed by a moody, tenebrous aura that reflects the characters' state of mind.

January 24, 2002
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