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Lake City (2008)



Critic Consensus: Lake City fails to make use of its accomplished cast, with the story unraveling amid the competing visions of its dual directors.

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Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity, and music icon Dave Matthews star in this tale of an estranged mother and son who reluctantly come together in hopes of saving their home. Maggie (Spacek) and Billy (Garity) are a desperate mother and damaged son who went their separate ways following a long-ago tragedy. South African-born singer/songwriter Matthews portrays a drug dealer willing to harm anyone keeping him from recovering cocaine that was stolen from him by Billy's troubled wife.
R (for language and some violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sissy Spacek
as Maggie
Troy Garity
as Billy
Rebecca Romijn
as Jennifer
Barry Corbin
as George
Colin Ford
as Clayton
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Critic Reviews for Lake City

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (15)

A convoluted, discombobulated take on a small-town drama, Lake City shifts gears so often it never gets out of the driveway.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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With all the high-profile movies blasting into theaters at this time of year, Lake City will probably get lost in the shuffle. That won't be a tragedy.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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Mother and son have an uneasy bond that should be familiar to anyone who has ever seen a movie in which a child's room has been preserved and locked tight.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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An interesting little film.

Full Review… | November 24, 2008
At the Movies
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A movie that just didn't really ring true.

November 24, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

One of those Deep Dark Secret movies, the dull indie Lake City combines a wholly uninteresting family mystery with a wholly unconvincing crime drama.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Lake City

A story utterly devoid of originality...Troy Garity the Black sheep of the family on the run from drug dealers goes back home to hide out and ends up dealing with the long ago 'family tragedy' that he accidently killed his kid brother how many fucking times have we seen this plot..the only upside is Dave Mahews dies.

Michael Anthony
Michael Anthony

Ive always been a Spacek fan-the older she gets the better in my opinion. She doesn't disappoint in this somewhat slow moving, tense drama playing a mother that has lost a child and unable to deal with the fall out it has produced. Troy Garity is the son whose guilt over his brothers death has eaten away at everything in his path. Coming to terms with his alcoholism, his drug abuse and the son he just found out he had drives him back home to finally deal with the pain-and his mother.


Sissy and Troy are good but the screenplay is rather scattered not leaving them with much to work with although they do have one good emotional scene.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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