Lakeview Terrace Reviews

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November 15, 2020
Jackson is much more menacing when he is quietly insinuating than when he reaches for his gun, and Lakeview Terrace is much more disturbing before the film's corrosive racial resentment and hatred spills into actual violence.
September 13, 2020
A modestly entertaining action/thriller.
November 18, 2011
September 7, 2011
December 31, 2010
December 14, 2008
...should satisfy fans of "(fill in the blank) from hell" thrillers.
December 5, 2008
As a thriller it's solid three-star tension. As a Samuel L. Jackson showcase it proves a man can only coast through so many motherfuckin' or milquetoastin' turns before having to display his full and overpowering talent.
December 5, 2008
It's a terrifically unstable performance that is admirably matched by the exasperated victims. The ending is too allegorical for its own health, but this is intelligent cinema.
December 5, 2008
From certain angles, Lakeview Terrace may look neurotic or even reactionary, but I found it bracingly tactless, particularly because interracial couples are still something of a taboo in modern Hollywood.
December 5, 2008
Yet despite the crudeness that finally overtakes Lakeview Terrace, it may be a more accurate representation of racial attitudes in Los Angeles than many inhabitants would care to admit.
December 5, 2008
After multiplex clinkers like Jumper and Cleaner, Lakeview Terrace does give Jackson somewhere to move that actually brings the house down.
December 5, 2008
Lacking even a Changing Lanes level of insight into America's racial partition, this old-school, domestic-invasion thriller still has Samuel L Jackson's twisted enforcer to push the right buttons.
December 5, 2008
Having an angry Samuel L Jackson as your nasty neighbour would be anybody's idea of bad news. Tense and terrifying, this is a smart thriller.
December 5, 2008
It's uncomfortable viewing.
December 5, 2008
But this cop, played with wicked finesse by Jackson while the script allows, deserves the chance to strut his hour in the smoke-free sun.
December 5, 2008
Lakeside Terrace allows the antagonism to simmer just so, and then, regrettably, lets it boil over in a climax of gunplay and a swathe of Californian brush fires, perhaps the most crashingly symbolic conflagration since Apocalypse Now.
December 5, 2008
The script provocatively plays on white middle-class liberal fears and the direction is deft, but characters are flimsy and even Jackson can't force you to swallow a final act that's hysterical - and not in a good way.
December 5, 2008
Happily, it's not only a return to form for the one-time Mormon and agent provocateur, it also offers Samuel L Jackson his first decent part in years.
December 4, 2008
Treading into Unlawful Entry and Pacific Heights territory - where marital idylls are threatended by an outsider - LaBute's film is more about machismo than race.
December 4, 2008
Strong performances ensure that this remains watchable, but it pulls all its potential punches and ends up as a neutered version of the film it should have been.
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