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.


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 (47) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (99)

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

    Nov 24, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • Bullock holds her half of the movie up well, proving that she can do subdued just as well as sunny.

    Jul 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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

Audience Reviews for The Lake House

  • Apr 15, 2014
    'The Lake House' seemed like such a cool idea when I first saw the trailer in my youth. A couple two years apart able to communicate? That sounds like a great time travel flick. A personal favorite genre of mine is one of time travel, and I rented this movie to be able to bask in that pleasure. Unfortunately, the film was incredibly weak and did not at all live up to my expectations. The story is about a doctor played by Sandra Bullock and a guy who used to live at her very same lake house played by Keanu Reeves. They are able to communicate through the mailbox of the house though one lives in 2004 and the other 2006. Honestly, I thought this was going to go into a lot of detail as to how these two could have contact when they live in separate times. Granted only two years, but it seemed a lot more unique. But what you see in the trailer is what you get. They just somehow send letters to each other, and of course wind up together in the end. I think this is what a lot of people think of when they think of the boring, cliched chick flick. The plot is not very well developed, the characters are recycled at best and fail to grab your interest and most of it is played through sentimentality and romantic lines straight out of a Hallmark card. There's some charm to the romance, but you never know how it all makes sense. Can't she just tell him where she will be two years from his time, and then that day they will meet, have a date, and then have a normal relationship? They try to do that, but then there's too many complications and honestly too many filler scenes. And it especially lets me down because I like both of these actors and to see them flop like this, I am just horribly disappointed. Unless you're an avid fan of chick flicks, don't bother seeing this one. Unless you can somehow rent it without paying any money.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2011
    Keanu and Sandra look great together but the plot don't allow them to evolve. The idea is quite fresh.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2010
    As for a romance story it's an ordinary story, but if you think for a minute of this story you will discover some think between the lines .
    Mouhannad S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2010
    In the time-bending romantic yarn The Lake House, moviegoers learn that love means never having to say, "Whoa!" Ah, Keanu. Ah, humanity. Adapted from the 1962 Italian film Il Mare, the concept held great potential (especially for this geeky reviewer, a big fan of time travel movies). Given the curriculum vitae of Pulitzer prize-winning screenwriter David Auburn (Proof), however, there came the expectation of something less melodramatic...much less. In this PG-13-rated drama, a mystery develops between a lovelorn doctor (Bullock) and a frustrated architect (Reeves), who begin exchanging letters from the same unique lake house...exactly two years apart from each other. Director Alejandro Agresti has fun with this kiss through time, cleverly alternating and intersecting past and present tangentially, but ultimately cannot generate the magical oomph that makes an interesting time-bender unforgettable, a la Back to the Future and Somewhere in Time. With all the pomp but little circumstance, the movie ultimately feels like it should have been made as a low-budget no-star foreign film with...oh wait, it already was. Bottom line: Return to sender.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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