Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    The film is effective in its intimate moments as well as its violent set pieces, and it could attract audiences, primarily because of Spacek's superb performance.
  2. Garity, son of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden, gives the kind of performance rarely seen in today's movies.
  3. A respectable and fairly decent movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    The astonishingly inept finish could serve as a primer in screenwriting classes on how not to wind up a family drama.
  5. The story is as impersonal as it is labored.
  6. 42
    All the performers are fine--even the miscast Romijn--but they're still too much like actors playing dress-up.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    The only thing saving Lake City from total ridiculousness is Spacek.
  8. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Added to the general torpidity and twangy tropes of this Southern family drama is the discomfort of watching a natural actor (Garity) force it.
  9. 25
    One of those Deep Dark Secret movies, the dull indie Lake City combines a wholly uninteresting family mystery with a wholly unconvincing crime drama.
  10. Only natural spitfire Spacek, as the pickup-driving mom of the land, feels fresh. There's even a mouthy kid Garity is "taking care of" - guess whose son he is?
  11. Feels like a movie whose story was slapped together during filming. Its three phases -- Southern pastorale, Sudsville and Kablooie -- don’t really connect.
  12. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Moore and Hill's script plunges Spacek in a mawkish stew of banality and improbability composed of bits and pieces of earlier roles.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JayH.
    Feb 28, 2009
    It took two directors to make this movie so boring?! Painfully slow moving, it lacks focus and and excitement. Even Sissy Spacek can't save this one. Full Review »