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Lakeboat Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
August 28, 2006
Based on Mamet's experience as a freighter on the Great Lakes while a grad English lit student, Mantegna's screen version is so dramatically inert and artistically shapeless resulting in an uninvolving memory film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 10, 2002
This plotless film is filled with a zillion little nostalgia stories that are both pointless and irritating, but some stories can also be devilishly charming.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Steven Leigh Morris
L.A. Weekly
September 23, 2002
Mamet's fixation on language is ... more effective onstage than onscreen, where the technical and visual requirements distract from the sounds of the words -- the heart of Mamet's work.
Christopher Null
September 1, 2002
Mamet knows people so well that you can forgive his lack of actual story once in awhile.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Wiegand
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
For the most part a lot of fun, with some fine performances from a mature cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 7, 2002
Watching it, you come to understand what it is that Mamet has been true to all these years.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 4, 2002
As drama, it's not much; as a meditation on language and storytelling, it's a treat.
Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 4, 2002
Viewers learn that these salty guys have salty imaginations and that Mamet's a master at capturing their thoughts in discursive detail.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 4, 2002
Joe Mantegna... brings just the right tone of easy gab and tossed-off tales to this actor's showcase.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 30, 2001
'Yeah. It's alright.' 'Good enough for me.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
December 7, 2001
If you're an admirer of [Mamet's] work, or if you're willing to be as patiently observant as Dale, you will find much that is fascinating and illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 7, 2001
A first-rate movie made from one of David Mamet's lesser plays.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
December 6, 2001
Where Mantegna succeeds is in providing a forum for some great acting.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 28, 2001
An enjoyable trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
October 11, 2001
A top-notch troupe of actors deliver the propulsive dialogue of David Mamet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2001
Lakeboat requires its audiences to embrace it as lovingly as Mamet and Mantegna embrace its men, but it's a lot to ask.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 28, 2001
The magic is in the words, and there's always laughter, anger and sadness to be found in David Mamet's poetry of inarticulateness.
Dave White
September 27, 2001
If you like David Mamet's men and their crazily profane arguments, you'll be happy you came.
M.V. Moorhead
New Times
September 27, 2001
Forster is the reason that even non-Mamet-heads might consider giving Lakeboat a shot.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 21, 2001
Little more than a succession of acting exercises....But who cares when the dialogue is so meaty and the performances so canny?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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