Stranger by the Lake Reviews

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March 14, 2014
A stunning minimalist erotic thriller that explores with arresting photography and economical use of dialogue how human identity is defined, and sometimes imprisoned, by our desires, drives, and passions.
March 6, 2014
Carefully and often brilliantly creates its own Eden-like universe.
March 6, 2014
What sets the engrossing "Stranger by the Lake" apart is that its excesses seem to point to a moral purpose beyond shock or entertainment value.
February 21, 2014
Like a wry scientist, wading through the jungle, Guiraudie notes every tiny, unwritten law. It's infectious stuff.
February 20, 2014
A simple and ruthlessly effective exercise in minimal narrative and style, Alain Guiraudie's moral tale is so restrained and atmospheric that the nudity and graphic sex don't upstage the creepy mood of seductive, inescapable doom.
February 20, 2014
Alain Guiraudie - remember that name.
February 7, 2014
This lake is a sexual refuge, about to be stained by sin and blood.
February 6, 2014
Movies must go somewhere, plots must always kick in, and when this one does, that's where "Stranger by the Lake" begins to contract into something less creative than its odd setting and compelling compositions would suggest.
January 30, 2014
French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie's tantalizingly erotic fable of love, passion and death.
January 30, 2014
Writer-director Alain Guiraudie has an imagistic talent for suspense and erotic byplay.
January 24, 2014
The film is a Hitchcockian murder story in which the Hitchcockian elements-style as well as content-are stood on their heads in order to realize a philosophical vision that's no less sophisticated than Hitchcock's own.
January 24, 2014
The kind of taut, low-key thriller that Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock would very much admire.
January 24, 2014
So much of this beguiling film's beauty is in how it sneaks up on you, the way genre elements quietly insinuate their way into the story.
January 24, 2014
A cautionary tale about finding love with an improper stranger.
January 24, 2014
"Stranger by the Lake" is the sexiest and most elegant thriller in years, and it's a damn shame it stands so little chance of traveling beyond the niche of a "gay film" it will probably get squeezed into.
January 23, 2014
"Stranger by the Lake" is seductive and fascinating, but it is also a bit trapped in its own conceit, and in its carefully maintained emotional detachment.
Top Critic
January 23, 2014
A psychosexually intriguing blend of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and William Friedkin's Cruising ...
January 23, 2014
Like his characters, [director Alain] Guiraudie is walking a tightrope, finding the point where sex and death exude a similar allure. You won't be able to look away.
January 23, 2014
The film's circumscribed scope is simultaneously its most intriguing and most limiting factor.
January 22, 2014
From a single setting, a lakeside gay cruising spot, and an old theme - the link between sex and death - Alain Guiraudie constructs an intricate film.
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