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Lantana Reviews

David Stratton
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October 18, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune

July 20, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Lawrence cast well and gets terrific performances all the way up and down the line.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 7, 2002
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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A perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

February 3, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 26, 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
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
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
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
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
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It sounds pretty bleak. It is. And it's slow. But it's not bleak as in despairing and dull.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

January 24, 2002
James Berardinelli
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The film is powerfully acted, with nary a weak performance to be found.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 19, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Remarkably non-bummer viewing. Bleak as its outlook is, it's not so much psychodrama as psychocomedy of manners.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

January 18, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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After seeing [LaPaglia] in Lantana, no one will ever look at him without recognizing an actor of the first rank.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

January 18, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A sensitive essay that dearly wants to be a feature film.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 18, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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What's surprising is how easy it is to follow the plot, and how the coincidences don't get in the way.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 18, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Mr. LaPaglia, Ms. Armstrong, Mr. Rush and Ms. Hershey invest their roles with a profound humanity.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 3, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Neither writer nor director supply good reasons why these miserable moderns do what they do. But this leaves the actors to do what they like. And in this, Lantana blooms with talent.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

December 22, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The acting is top-notch, and LaPaglia, who makes the cop's torment palpable, gives the performance of his career.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

December 21, 2001
Andrew O'Hehir
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Imagine American Beauty crossbred with Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage and transposed down under, except that Lantana has a cool sense of tragedy and surprising reserves of passion that are all its own.

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December 21, 2001
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A very adult picture with adult concerns that lingers in the mind the way so many of this year's Hollywood releases have not.

Full Review Source: USA Today

December 14, 2001
John Anderson
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Intricate, elegant, sophisticated and multilayered drama.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 14, 2001
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Thoughtful, well-paced.

December 14, 2001
Paul Tatara
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A gifted cast keeps the bummer moving forward with an intensity that's a thrill to behold.

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December 14, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A remarkably thoughtful drama.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 14, 2001
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The movie just seems to happen, to grow out of the ground like a thorny plant, revealing the intricate intelligence of its design only in hindsight.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

December 13, 2001
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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The scenario eventually becomes so coincidence-choked that the filmmakers have no choice but to play it for mild snickers.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 11, 2001
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[T]his reminded me a lot of Robert Altman's best....

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 10, 2001
Erin Free
Hollywood Reporter
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A strong, consistently engrossing drama that boils with emotions distinctly real and recognizable.

August 28, 2001
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