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Lantana Reviews

July 20, 2002
A meditation on fidelity in marriage where the suspense and surprises stem from who has -- or hasn't -- been betraying each other and how.
March 7, 2002
Lawrence cast well and gets terrific performances all the way up and down the line.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 3, 2002
A perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 25, 2002
The emotional experience of "Lantana" is heightened by its marvelous ensemble cast, all of whom etch a character in relatively brief screen time.
January 25, 2002
Solving the mystery of the dead body would be enough for most Hollywood movies. In Lantana, it's merely a device to launch us into more rewarding explorations.
January 25, 2002
Lantana is so rich in secondary characters and performances it's hard to mention them all. But you will certainly appreciate them.
January 25, 2002
The thorns in this film prick real blood, the color of which too few films can or care to examine. It is fine stuff indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 25, 2002
The film is as dense as its namesake, and it reminds us how few contemporary thrillers are adult.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 24, 2002
Has a refreshingly keen ability to see everything from multiple angles.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 24, 2002
A psychological thriller that emphasizes the psychology over the thrills. It's a smart, heart-twisting picture.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 24, 2002
If some of the connections stretch credulity, an exquisite ensemble cast ... inhabit their characters with a subtle authenticity.
January 24, 2002
Even in its quiet moments, the movie is possessed by a moody, tenebrous aura that reflects the characters' state of mind.
January 24, 2002
It sounds pretty bleak. It is. And it's slow. But it's not bleak as in despairing and dull.
Read More | Original Score: B
January 19, 2002
The film is powerfully acted, with nary a weak performance to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 18, 2002
Remarkably non-bummer viewing. Bleak as its outlook is, it's not so much psychodrama as psychocomedy of manners.
January 18, 2002
After seeing [LaPaglia] in Lantana, no one will ever look at him without recognizing an actor of the first rank.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 18, 2002
A sensitive essay that dearly wants to be a feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
January 3, 2002
Mr. LaPaglia, Ms. Armstrong, Mr. Rush and Ms. Hershey invest their roles with a profound humanity.
December 22, 2001
Neither writer nor director supply good reasons why these miserable moderns do what they do. But this leaves the actors to do what they like. And in this, Lantana blooms with talent.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 21, 2001
The acting is top-notch, and LaPaglia, who makes the cop's torment palpable, gives the performance of his career.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 21, 2001
Imagine American Beauty crossbred with Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage and transposed down under, except that Lantana has a cool sense of tragedy and surprising reserves of passion that are all its own.
December 14, 2001
A very adult picture with adult concerns that lingers in the mind the way so many of this year's Hollywood releases have not.
December 14, 2001
Intricate, elegant, sophisticated and multilayered drama.
December 14, 2001
Thoughtful, well-paced.
December 14, 2001
A gifted cast keeps the bummer moving forward with an intensity that's a thrill to behold.
December 14, 2001
A remarkably thoughtful drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 13, 2001
The movie just seems to happen, to grow out of the ground like a thorny plant, revealing the intricate intelligence of its design only in hindsight.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 11, 2001
The scenario eventually becomes so coincidence-choked that the filmmakers have no choice but to play it for mild snickers.
December 10, 2001
[T]his reminded me a lot of Robert Altman's best....
August 28, 2001
A strong, consistently engrossing drama that boils with emotions distinctly real and recognizable.