Lantana Reviews

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Jim Judy
Screen It!
February 1, 2002
An engaging and absorbing drama that rings true thanks to the cast and crew who excel at their respective crafts.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 1, 2002
Smolders but never explodes.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 1, 2002
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 | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 25, 2002
The emotional experience of "Lantana" is heightened by its marvelous ensemble cast, all of whom etch a character in relatively brief screen time.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 25, 2002
One of the best.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 25, 2002
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.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
January 25, 2002
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.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 25, 2002
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.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 25, 2002
Lantana is so rich in secondary characters and performances it's hard to mention them all. But you will certainly appreciate them.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 25, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 25, 2002
The film is as dense as its namesake, and it reminds us how few contemporary thrillers are adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
January 25, 2002
Lantana, as coiled and thorny as its title suggests, gets its chilling energy from LaPaglia's quiet intensity.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 25, 2002
Lawrence's storytelling skills don't seem to have eroded -- if anything, they may have gotten even stronger.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 24, 2002
Has a refreshingly keen ability to see everything from multiple angles.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 24, 2002
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.
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 24, 2002
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 | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 24, 2002
A psychological thriller that emphasizes the psychology over the thrills. It's a smart, heart-twisting picture.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 24, 2002
I grew to resent the way the storylines began to collide and converge -- it isn't a small world, it's microscopic.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 24, 2002
If some of the connections stretch credulity, an exquisite ensemble cast ... inhabit their characters with a subtle authenticity.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 24, 2002
Even in its quiet moments, the movie is possessed by a moody, tenebrous aura that reflects the characters' state of mind.
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