Lantana Reviews

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August 5, 2002
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.
February 3, 2002
A perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama.
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.
January 25, 2002
The film is as dense as its namesake, and it reminds us how few contemporary thrillers are adult.
January 24, 2002
Has a refreshingly keen ability to see everything from multiple angles.
January 24, 2002
A psychological thriller that emphasizes the psychology over the thrills. It's a smart, heart-twisting picture.
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.
January 19, 2002
The film is powerfully acted, with nary a weak performance to be found.
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.
January 18, 2002
A sensitive essay that dearly wants to be a feature film.
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.
January 3, 2002
Mr. LaPaglia, Ms. Armstrong, Mr. Rush and Ms. Hershey invest their roles with a profound humanity.
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