The Song of Sway Lake

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The Song of Sway Lake benefits from alluring, evocative atmosphere, although it isn't always enough to compensate for a shaggy narrative and overall lack of focus.



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A young man's plot to steal a valuable jazz record from his grandmother's lake house is derailed when his accomplice falls for the matriarch.

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Anna Shields
as Heather
Mary Beth Peil
as Charlie Sway
Brian Dennehy
as Hal Sway
Gary Arzberger
as Volunteer Fireman
John W. Bard
as Biker Man
Jason Brill
as Timmy Sway
Bob Foley
as John Durant
Robert Forgett
as Angry Man
John Grant
as Tweed McKay
Jamel King
as Lifeguard
Karen Lordi
as Kirkham-Canoe Tourist
Karen Lordi-Kirkham
as Canoe Tourist
Olivia Mogul
as Heather's Friend
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  • In short, it's a mess -- an often lovely, atmospheric throwback with some clear personal flourishes, but a mess nonetheless.

    Sep 21, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • The problem is that there's not much of a story to be enfolded by this atmosphere - or at least nothing that's compelling.

    Sep 21, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The attractiveness of the scenery, and a quiet, dignified performance by Ms. Peña in what could now be her last movie appearance, wind up being the main redeeming values here.

    Sep 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A clunky, lurching affair populated by barely sketched individuals who seem to be competing for a most-intolerable prize...

    Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Top Critic
  • "The Song of Sway Lake" is full of good ideas that never quite coalesce into an actual movie.

    Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Filmmaker Gold might have been better off keeping a tight focus on the sparring interchanges between Ollie and his grandmother, for what they tell us about past and present.

    Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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