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Betty White's delightful supporting turn may be worth the price of admission alone, but Lake Placid is swamped by a smarmy script and inability to deliver on the creature feature mayhem. Read critic reviews

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When a mysterious creature violently kills a man in a Maine lake, Jack Wells (Bill Pullman), the local game warden, looks into the bizarre case, along with Sheriff Hank Keough (Brendan Gleeson) and visiting paleontologist Kelly Scott (Bridget Fonda). Looking for clues in a tooth that the beast left behind, Kelly and the others eventually locate the monster, a massive and vicious reptile eager to devour anything in its path. Can the crocodile-like creature be stopped?

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Bill Pullman
Jack Wells
Bridget Fonda
Kelly Scott
Oliver Platt
Hector Cyr
Brendan Gleeson
Sheriff Hank Keough
Betty White
Mrs. Delores Bickerman
David Lewis
Walt Lawson
Tim Dixon
Stephen Daniels
Meredith Salenger
Deputy Sharon Gare
Peter Bogart
Executive Producer
John Ottman
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Daryn Okada
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Marshall Harvey
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John Willett
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Critic Reviews for Lake Placid

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (51)

  • This may be no more than a squib of a B movie, and it remains about as frightening as a fish tank, but, if you have any poetry in your soul, you will surely thrill to a film that ends with a crocodile sticking its head in a helicopter.

    November 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The lazy finale makes Lake Placid seem more marginal and forgettable than it already was, which is actually something of a feat.

    July 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Miner's thoroughly unimaginative visual style sees to it that "Lake Placid" is not the least bit frightening, and the entire undertaking generates maybe one decent laugh. That is, if you don't count Fonda's chronic inability to act.

    July 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Lake Placid is an entertaining comedy thriller directed by Steve Miner and scripted by David E Kelley, the man who brought us Ally McBeal.

    July 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The whole movie's a giant croc.

    December 13, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's neither Jaws-scary nor Tremors-funny, but genre-movie fans in 1999 did have a chance to feast on the year's talkiest, most neurotic horror movie. They respectfully declined.

    July 7, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lake Placid

  • Sep 10, 2020
    An extremely strange blockbuster that features an overly sarcastic screenplay by David E. Kelley and a supporting performance from Betty White. Despite these weirder elements, the movie is a little dull which is a shame.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2018
    Not bad for a giant-gator Creature Feature, but Goddamn listening the dialogue in the first act is aggravating as sin.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2013
    I love genre-bending movies, and especially those that mix horror with comedy. That puts me dead center of the target demographic of this film. The plot is pretty silly and there certainly isn't enough action for anyone looking for scares. What saves it is the script. It's witty and never takes itself too seriously. The characters are all foils for one another, setting up some of the most entertaining dialog of any movie I know. The plot revolves around a 30 foot Asian crocodile somehow winding up in a lake in Maine - go figure. What makes the movie are the characters assembled to do something about it. Bridget Fonda is an annoying paleontologist who's never before ventured out of her museum. Here, she plays both the archetypal fish out of water as well as potential romantic interest for the local game warden, played by Bill Pullman. The essential characters are rounded out by Brendan Gleeson's dour sheriff, Oliver Platt's rich and eccentric mythology buff, and Betty White as the colorful local little old lady with a secret or two. As I said, reduced to a plot outline, it's pretty unimpressive, but the verbal barbs that fly back and forth between the characters are what make the show. It's an "action/horror" movie I could watch with my eyes shut and still enjoy. 5 Stars 11-05-13
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2011
    To begin with its not even Lake Placid, but some other lake, this one up in Maine ("the graveyard of horror!" ... I just said that. I don't know if its true. Like the sound of it though. London's maybe the real graveyard ... anyway ) and there's something in the water, something big, and its eating people. Funny and cool creature feature.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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