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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
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.
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
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