Lakeview Terrace


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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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Delivers fairly tense and engrossing drama before succumbing to thriller convention.
  2. 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.
  3. 50
    Like a lot of better genre fare, Lakeview Terrace uses its predictable premise to mount a stealth attack on the audience's sensibilities.
  4. 50
    In pandering to Hollywood standards about how stories like this should unfold, LaBute has lost his edge.
  5. 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
  6. Lakeview Terrace's pretense at exploring racial intolerance has been exposed for what it really is: a B-movie copout.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. 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.
  11. Tediously predictable thriller.
  12. 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.
  13. When a film has to blare its racially and incendiary stance as obviously as Lakeview Terrace, you know it's trying too hard.
  14. Grabs a fistful of hot-button story elements -- race, sex, politics -- and promptly mixes them into the thriller equivalent of tapioca.
  15. The film, absent a sense of place and populated by repellent or weak characters, soon devolves into an increasingly foul litany of events.
  16. Boilerplate stuff through and through.
  17. The same boring routine gets played out again.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  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 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
    Great film
  3. Sep 18, 2012
    Great movie...