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Lantana Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 24, 2002
Characters and situations that are compelling on their own get shoved together in ways that feel forced and fake, as if there are only a dozen people in Sydney and they all know each other.
Kit Bowen
March 2, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
December 14, 2001
A bit on the slow side.
Arthur Lazere
December 13, 2001
Well-realized characterizations are undermined by the strained and artificial developments of the plot.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
December 11, 2001
The scenario eventually becomes so coincidence-choked that the filmmakers have no choice but to play it for mild snickers.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 23, 2004
The sort of movie that highbrow critics love to overrate...It's Married With Children for serious-minded folks without a sense of humor.
Dave White
December 13, 2001
Implausible tale.
Frank Lovece
TV Guide
December 13, 2001
Suffers from performances that are virtually all pitched to the same note of existential ennui.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 18, 2002
A sensitive essay that dearly wants to be a feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 24, 2002
I grew to resent the way the storylines began to collide and converge -- it isn't a small world, it's microscopic.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 7, 2002
Lawrence cast well and gets terrific performances all the way up and down the line.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 18, 2002
What's surprising is how easy it is to follow the plot, and how the coincidences don't get in the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 19, 2002
The film is powerfully acted, with nary a weak performance to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 10, 2001
[T]his reminded me a lot of Robert Altman's best....
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
December 16, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Eric D. Snider
February 1, 2002
These are, for the most part, believable and honest characters, though I'm not sure they always behave the way they would in real life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Erin Free
Hollywood Reporter
August 28, 2001
A strong, consistently engrossing drama that boils with emotions distinctly real and recognizable.
Clint Morris
May 30, 2002
Where "Lantana" succeeds is by out smarting it's audience. It is masquerading as a predictable thriller, but it's far from that. It will keep you guessing til the very end
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 25, 2002
One of the best.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 1, 2005
As a mystery, "Lantana" is memorable. But as a study in human relationships and the human condition, it's unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Stratton
October 18, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
January 28, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 14, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Mark Freeman
Senses of Cinema
January 24, 2004
Jason Anderson
January 22, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
March 9, 2002
Neil Norman
London Evening Standard
August 9, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 15, 2003
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