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Lakeview Terrace Reviews

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November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 31, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 14, 2008
...should satisfy fans of "(fill in the blank) from hell" thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
After multiplex clinkers like Jumper and Cleaner, Lakeview Terrace does give Jackson somewhere to move that actually brings the house down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
It's uncomfortable viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 20, 2008
This one literally burns up the screen in a blistering and explosive thriller that keeps you nervously on edge for two solid hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 12, 2008
Lakeview Terrace is well enough made to partly overcome my general distaste for films ... that are unpleasant, yet without catharsis or edification
November 9, 2008
LaBute's message has consistently been that no matter the privileges society affords, we're all just bad monkeys in the end.
| Original Score: 3/4
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