The Lake House


The Lake House

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The plot of The Lake House is a little too convoluted, and the film fails to pull off the sweeping romance it aims for.



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A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its newest resident, a frustrated architect. When they discover that they're actually living two years apart, they must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.

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Keanu Reeves
as Alex Wyler
Sandra Bullock
as Dr. Kate Forster
Shohreh Aghdashloo
as Dr. Anna Klyczynski
Willeke van Ammelrooy
as Kate's Mother
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
as Henry Wyler
India Neilan
as Hostess
Frank Caeti
as Cove Patron
Mia Park
as Receptionist
Peggy Roeder
as Attendant
Jason Wells
as Costello
Jacqueline Williams
as Madhvi Patel
Jason Abustan
as Ivy League Jr. Architect
Nathan Adloff
as Restaurant Patron
Aliyah Carr
as Girl Patient
Jennifer Clark
as Nurse Practitioner
Joy Kocay
as Party Goer
Ernie Lang
as Restaurant Patron
Marissa Newton
as Hostess No. 2
January Scarpino
as Pediatrician
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Critic Reviews for The Lake House

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (46)

  • I can't believe that even the most rabid chick-flick masochists wouldn't gag on it.

    Nov 24, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • I have always felt that both Ms. Bullock's patented expressions of anguish and Mr. Reeves' stoical minimalism have been somewhat underrated.

    Jun 28, 2006 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • The last time Bullock and Reeves were together on screen the result was Speed. This should have been entitled Stop.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Mark Kermode

    Top Critic
  • The Lake House demands a serious suspension of disbelief, but if you accept it as a romantic bit of nonsense, it has its pleasures.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Bullock's decision to play Kate as a morose kill-joy is particularly inexplicable. She's getting letters from some hot architect through a hole in the time-space continuum, and yet her expression remains impassive, her voice flat, her outlook maudlin.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • I was hot to trot for the exit halfway through, but a dogged sense of duty kept me stuck in an endless present.

    Jun 19, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lake House


There is a clear lack of logical chronology in this film. The letters exchanged seem unsubstantial letters at best. Is she really going everyday to a lake house to read and write letters? And then have imaginary talks with some guy from the past? The characters come off as slightly flat and without any particular personality. It's a flawed film with a good premise.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Hokey as hell but still enjoyable. I'm a sucker for time travel love matter how implausible or Keanu Reevesy. Paul McCartney and Nick Drake provide a moving soundtrack, and Tony and Pulitzer Award-winning David Auburn's script yields some nice romantic insights.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Filled with modern background music the equivalent of 1800's string orchestras, this Hallmark card of a film speaks to yearning and longing, love just out of one's hands. Guys will shoot themselves in the head before a half hour is gone. The ladies will open up the Ben and Jerry's ... one just for them.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This was just a wonderful film that just another one of those films that makes me believe in true love again.

John Manard
John Manard

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