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At the Movies:
I found it scary at times and I was tense and I was on the edge of my seat, , but ultimately it did spiral out of control and get a little ridiculous.
The actors make it watchable, but with these incendiary themes, 'watchable' isn't exactly a wildfire.
When [director] LaBute pulls the grenade pin on racism and interracial relationships in Lakeview Terrace, viewers should know to duck and cover.
The movie's premise is suitably nerve-wracking and hits close to home: Who hasn't had to deal with a slightly whacked neighbor at some time? The addition of the law-enforcement angle is a clever twist.
The movie might have something to say about black racism, but the conversations go nowhere, and the cliches of the genre take over.
J. R. Jones,
This is being marketed as a slam-bang entertainment, but it's also one of the toughest and most relevant movies of the year.
Lakeview Terrace's resistance to being one thing suggests the time has come when a movie featuring an interracial couple can no longer be merely about race and racism.
As Lakeview Terrace moves forward, it becomes clear this isn't a movie about the shuffling of black and white; it's a film about abusing power and desperately clinging to the status quo. It's a film about the fear of the future.
Unfortunately, Jackson is the best thing here.
The rest of Lakeview is cravenly engineered to make Wilson's squishy liberal hero a man, and the only surprise is that Neil LaBute directed it for hire.
Globe and Mail:
In its second half, Lakeview Terrace runs out of steam, culminating in a flatly directed climax, complete with halos of police lights, whirling helicopters and declamatory dialogue.
Los Angeles Times:
Lakeview Terrace is a serviceable enough popcorn exercise in a few floundering Angelenos who can't just get along.
Can't we all just get along? LaBute doesn't deign to pretend that he knows the answer.
A slightly poky thriller punctuated by some effectively tense scenes.
It's a shame that the later stages of Lakeview Terrace should overheat and spill into silliness.
New York Daily News:
Terrace pretends to be about the persecution of a mixed-race couple when really it's about how anyone might react living next door to the shark from Jaws.
New York Post:
Lakeview Terrace holds your interest, though the bad faith on all sides makes it something of an endurance test.
New York Observer:
Mr. LaBute has fashioned a suspenseful film out of the peculiar vagaries of the casting, which makes us fear the worst at every turn of the plot.
Well acted and tautly directed, it's a movie whose juice is its realism, the easily recognizable situation, the paranoia that any homeowner can identify with.
By the time the film's frantic, far-fetched climax comes along, Lakeview Terrace's pretense at exploring racial intolerance has been exposed for what it really is: a B-movie copout.
It's too bad the movie's moderately intriguing qualities are buried under the final half-hour's avalanche of predictability.
I find movies like this alive and provoking, and I'm exhilarated to have my thinking challenged at every step of the way.
San Francisco Chronicle:
In its overall shape and message, Lakeview Terrace is a conventional suspense thriller, but the details kick it up a notch.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Slick, savvy and well executed, Lakeview Terrace is a typical studio release polished to a blinding sheen thanks to a superior cast and Neil LaBute, America's most dazzlingly gifted un-famous film director.
Jackson hasn't had a role this good or this complex in many a moon, even if the rote ending betrays the complexity of the set-up.
Lakeview Terrace is gripping, ambitious and, by the time it ends, quite stupid.
As social commentary, it doesn't go deeply enough, and as a psychological thriller, it peters out in silliness.
Lakeview Terrace delivers fairly tense and engrossing drama before succumbing to thriller convention.