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Lakeview Terrace

Thriller . Crime . Drama

An LAPD officer begins to terrorize his next-door neighbors after learning they are an interracial married couple.

Actors: Keith Loneker , Robert Pine , Jaishon Fisher , Regine Nehy , Jay Hernandez , Justin Chambers , Ron Glass , Kerry Washington , Patrick Wilson , Samuel L. Jackson
Directors: Neil LaBute
Country: USA
Release: 2008-09-19
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  • Roger Ebert

    I find movies like this alive and provoking, and I'm exhilarated to have my thinking challenged at every step of the way.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Lakeview Terrace isn't literally about the riots, but it's still one of the toughest racial dramas to come out of Hollywood since the fires died down--much tougher, for instance, than Paul Haggis’s hand-wringing Oscar winner "Crash."

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    As a thriller it's solid three-star tension. As a Samuel L. Jackson showcase it proves a man can only coast through so many motherfuckin' or milquetoastin' turns before having to display his full and overpowering talent.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A conventional suspense thriller, but the details kick it up a notch.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Don R. Lewis

    A pretty provocative film, that is until it implodes into standard formulaic Hollywood crap.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Lakeview Terrace holds your interest, though the bad faith on all sides makes it something of an endurance test.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Here's a vote of gratitude for Samuel L. Jackson, who has become a specialist in making mediocre movies far more entertaining than they should be.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Delivers fairly tense and engrossing drama before succumbing to thriller convention.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The main problem with this treatise on racial politics undercover as an exercise in suspense is that the director, Neil LaBute, didn't write the script.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    One wishes LaBute, a bleak satirist and, at his best, a crudely compelling dramatist, had taken the script and made it his own sort of twisted comedy instead of a routine thriller

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Lakeview Terrace's pretense at exploring racial intolerance has been exposed for what it really is: a B-movie copout.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Tediously predictable thriller.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Anyone who has ever had an annoying neighbor will see their worst nightmares fulfilled in the overheated but entertaining Lakeview Terrace.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    In pandering to Hollywood standards about how stories like this should unfold, LaBute has lost his edge.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Like a lot of better genre fare, Lakeview Terrace uses its predictable premise to mount a stealth attack on the audience's sensibilities.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Jackson modulates Abel's internal turmoil and heated exchanges with enough shades of loneliness, steely generosity and wicked playfulness to give the actor firm control of our fascination and growing unease.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    A passable piece of hackwork, with some adequately suspenseful passages and a few mild shocks near the end. But the psychological dimensions of the story are so risible, and its supposed insights into race and class so wrongheaded and ugly, that irritation trumps enjoyment.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    It's a shame, then, that the later stages of Lakeview Terrace should overheat and spill into silliness. The plot is compromised, not resolved, by the pulling of a gun.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Gregory Kirschling

    Jackson is the best thing here.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Grabs a fistful of hot-button story elements -- race, sex, politics -- and promptly mixes them into the thriller equivalent of tapioca.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Paula Nechak

    When a film has to blare its racially and incendiary stance as obviously as Lakeview Terrace, you know it's trying too hard.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Ultimately, Lakeview Terrace isn't about race so much as it's about being a man, which has been LaBute's fallback theme from the start.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Sura Wood

    The film, absent a sense of place and populated by repellent or weak characters, soon devolves into an increasingly foul litany of events.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The same boring routine gets played out again.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Josh Rosenblatt

    Boilerplate stuff through and through.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Starts out mixing social burlesques and melodrama and ends up one more failed thriller about men behaving badly - and stupidly.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The whole thing is so listless and mechanical, watching it is a curiously dispiriting experience. You start hoping someone whips out a bear suit.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The movie might have something to say about black racism, but the conversations go nowhere, and the cliches of the genre take over.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Joyless and airless suspense thriller.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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