Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
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  1. 100
    I find movies like this alive and provoking, and I'm exhilarated to have my thinking challenged at every step of the way.
  2. 100
    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."
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    80
    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.
  4. A conventional suspense thriller, but the details kick it up a notch.
  5. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    70
    A pretty provocative film, that is until it implodes into standard formulaic Hollywood crap.
  6. 63
    Lakeview Terrace holds your interest, though the bad faith on all sides makes it something of an endurance test.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    Delivers fairly tense and engrossing drama before succumbing to thriller convention.
  9. 50
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    Like a lot of better genre fare, Lakeview Terrace uses its predictable premise to mount a stealth attack on the audience's sensibilities.
  11. 50
    In pandering to Hollywood standards about how stories like this should unfold, LaBute has lost his edge.
  12. 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
  13. Lakeview Terrace's pretense at exploring racial intolerance has been exposed for what it really is: a B-movie copout.
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    50
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Anyone who has ever had an annoying neighbor will see their worst nightmares fulfilled in the overheated but entertaining Lakeview Terrace.
  16. 50
    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.
  17. 50
    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.
  18. 50
    Tediously predictable thriller.
  19. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    42
    Jackson is the best thing here.
  20. 42
    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.
  21. When a film has to blare its racially and incendiary stance as obviously as Lakeview Terrace, you know it's trying too hard.
  22. Grabs a fistful of hot-button story elements -- race, sex, politics -- and promptly mixes them into the thriller equivalent of tapioca.
  23. Reviewed by: Sura Wood
    40
    The film, absent a sense of place and populated by repellent or weak characters, soon devolves into an increasingly foul litany of events.
  24. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    40
    Boilerplate stuff through and through.
  25. The same boring routine gets played out again.
  26. 38
    Starts out mixing social burlesques and melodrama and ends up one more failed thriller about men behaving badly - and stupidly.
  27. 25
    The whole thing is so listless and mechanical, watching it is a curiously dispiriting experience. You start hoping someone whips out a bear suit.
  28. 25
    The movie might have something to say about black racism, but the conversations go nowhere, and the cliches of the genre take over.
  29. Joyless and airless suspense thriller.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. Jun 24, 2014
    8
    The story is not original but the movie is really suspenseful and the actors are really good.Samuel L.Jackson is just brilliant in his racistThe story is not original but the movie is really suspenseful and the actors are really good.Samuel L.Jackson is just brilliant in his racist role.The only bad thing ni this movie is the end,she's too previsible. Full Review »
  2. Sep 18, 2012
    10
    Great film
  3. Sep 18, 2012
    10
    Great movie...