Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  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
    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
    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
    Delivers fairly tense and engrossing drama before succumbing to thriller convention.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. Lakeview Terrace's pretense at exploring racial intolerance has been exposed for what it really is: a B-movie copout.
  12. 50
    Tediously predictable thriller.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Anyone who has ever had an annoying neighbor will see their worst nightmares fulfilled in the overheated but entertaining Lakeview Terrace.
  14. 50
    In pandering to Hollywood standards about how stories like this should unfold, LaBute has lost his edge.
  15. Reviewed by: 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.
  16. Reviewed by: 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.
  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
    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.
  19. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    Jackson is the best thing here.
  20. Grabs a fistful of hot-button story elements -- race, sex, politics -- and promptly mixes them into the thriller equivalent of tapioca.
  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. 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.
  23. Reviewed by: 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.
  24. The same boring routine gets played out again.
  25. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    Boilerplate stuff through and through.
  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

Mixed or average reviews- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. Jun 24, 2014
    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 racist role.The only bad thing ni this movie is the end,she's too previsible. Full Review »
  2. Aug 23, 2013
    This movie is incredibly stupid in Abel's motivations make no sense. He claims his kids are his number 1 priority and then goes to great lengths to kill the neighbors? Now they are fatherless! That makes no sense. And if Abel is this crazy about interrelationships do you really think he would have made it 28 years in the force being this dirty?

    The acting sucks. Nothing actually happens in the movie but Samuel L Jackson making everyone involved uncomfortable, including the viewers.
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  3. Sep 18, 2012
    Great film