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Lake City Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2008
A convoluted, discombobulated take on a small-town drama, Lake City shifts gears so often it never gets out of the driveway.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Michelle Orange
L.A. Weekly
November 26, 2008
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.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 24, 2008
An interesting little film.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 24, 2008
A movie that just didn't really ring true.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 21, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 21, 2008
Only natural spitfire Spacek, as the pickup-driving mom of the land, feels fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 21, 2008
When Sissy Spacek speaks her cliched lines in the mediocre screenplay of Lake City, her delivery lends them a resonance that is not in the written words.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 20, 2008
The movie has an earnest tone, and a burnished golden glow that's pleasing to the eye, but the characters have no life beyond their immediate problems, and the actions the plot requires them to take to resolve them.
| Original Score: C-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 19, 2008
The story is as impersonal as it is labored.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
November 19, 2008
Added to the general torpidity and twangy tropes of this Southern family drama is the discomfort of watching a natural actor force it.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 19, 2008
There is very little wasted motion, to be sure, but also very little real-life like ambience.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 18, 2008
As for Sissy Spacek, I can't think of a sounder role to reflect the unique qualities that make her so special.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 21, 2008
Moore and Hill's script plunges [Sissy] Spacek in a mawkish stew of banality and improbability composed of bits and pieces of earlier roles.