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Lakeview Terrace Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 5, 2008
The yawning chasm between the film's aspirations to social significance and its cheese-o-licious straight-to-video construction make it a chucklesome guilty pleasure.
Read More | Original Score: 2/6
November 7, 2008
The movie is directed by Neil LaBute, whose history suggests he's comfortable making his audience just uncomfortable enough to make a lasting impression.
November 7, 2008
I found it scary at times and I was tense and I was on the edge of my seat, , but ultimately it did spiral out of control and get a little ridiculous.
October 18, 2008
The actors make it watchable, but with these incendiary themes, 'watchable' isn't exactly a wildfire.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2008
Lakeview Terrace is a serviceable enough popcorn exercise in a few floundering Angelenos who can't just get along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 19, 2008
The movie's only mark of restraint is the absence of an earthquake.
September 19, 2008
Jackson hasn't had a role this good or this complex in many a moon, even if the rote ending betrays the complexity of the set-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2008
A racial thriller that may be the feel-bad movie of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2008
In its overall shape and message, Lakeview Terrace is a conventional suspense thriller, but the details kick it up a notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2008
Lakeview Terrace [is] an unsettling address for everyone -- black, white or 'blue'.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2008
Lakeview Terrace holds your interest, though the bad faith on all sides makes it something of an endurance test.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2008
Terrace pretends to be about the persecution of a mixed-race couple when really it's about how anyone might react living next door to the shark from Jaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2008
The movie is purportedly a thriller, a la Unlawful Entry or Pacific Heights, but the whole thing is so listless and mechanical, watching it is a curiously dispiriting experience.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 19, 2008
As Lakeview Terrace moves forward, it becomes clear this isn't a movie about the shuffling of black and white; it's a film about abusing power and desperately clinging to the status quo. It's a film about the fear of the future.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 19, 2008
Lakeview Terrace's resistance to being one thing suggests the time has come when a movie featuring an interracial couple can no longer be merely about race and racism.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2008
This is being marketed as a slam-bang entertainment, but it's also one of the toughest and most relevant movies of the year.
September 19, 2008
The movie might have something to say about black racism, but the conversations go nowhere, and the cliches of the genre take over.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 19, 2008
In its second half, Lakeview Terrace runs out of steam, culminating in a flatly directed climax, complete with halos of police lights, whirling helicopters and declamatory dialogue.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2008
Considered purely as a formal exercise, Lakeview Terrace is a passable piece of hackwork, with some adequately suspenseful passages.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2008
I find movies like this alive and provoking, and I'm exhilarated to have my thinking challenged at every step of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 18, 2008
Lakeview Terrace is obvious when you most want it to be stealth.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 18, 2008
Slick, savvy and well executed, Lakeview Terrace is a typical studio release polished to a blinding sheen thanks to a superior cast and Neil LaBute, America's most dazzlingly gifted un-famous film director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2008
As social commentary, it doesn't go deeply enough, and as a psychological thriller, it peters out in silliness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 18, 2008
By the time the film's frantic, far-fetched climax comes along, Lakeview Terrace's pretense at exploring racial intolerance has been exposed for what it really is: a B-movie copout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 18, 2008
When [director] LaBute pulls the grenade pin on racism and interracial relationships in Lakeview Terrace, viewers should know to duck and cover.
Read More | Original Score: C-
September 18, 2008
A slightly poky thriller punctuated by some effectively tense scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 18, 2008
It's too bad the movie's moderately intriguing qualities are buried under the final half-hour's avalanche of predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 18, 2008
The movie's premise is suitably nerve-wracking and hits close to home: Who hasn't had to deal with a slightly whacked neighbor at some time? The addition of the law-enforcement angle is a clever twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 18, 2008
Is this hell? Or a war zone? Maybe it's both, man. That's deep.
September 18, 2008
Can't we all just get along? LaBute doesn't deign to pretend that he knows the answer.
September 17, 2008
Unfortunately, Jackson is the best thing here.
 The rest of Lakeview is cravenly engineered to make Wilson's squishy liberal hero a man, and the only surprise is that Neil LaBute directed it for hire.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 17, 2008
Well acted and tautly directed, it's a movie whose juice is its realism, the easily recognizable situation, the paranoia that any homeowner can identify with.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 17, 2008
Lakeview Terrace is gripping, ambitious and, by the time it ends, quite stupid.
Read More | Original Score: 2/6
September 17, 2008
Mr. LaBute has fashioned a suspenseful film out of the peculiar vagaries of the casting, which makes us fear the worst at every turn of the plot.
September 15, 2008
It's a shame that the later stages of Lakeview Terrace should overheat and spill into silliness.
September 8, 2008
Lakeview Terrace delivers fairly tense and engrossing drama before succumbing to thriller convention.
September 8, 2008
Although LaBute has created memorably lacerating portraits of male cruelty and willful dominance, this one doesn't add up.