User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
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  1. R.Cundell
    Mar 29, 2002
    10
    A thoroughly absorbing story, storylines woven together effortlessly, very realistic and moving performances, it's my favorite movie of 2001.
  2. ChadS.
    Feb 20, 2002
    9
    If you have a friend who labels all methodical films as boring, "Lantana" might be the perfect indoctrination to non-Hollywood fare. Misdirection is key to a good whodunnit. Director Ray Lawrence(working from Andrew Bovell's script) prompts us to figure out the killer's identity but it's always secondary to our affection for the characters. This is a very nice film.
  3. JohnT.
    Apr 6, 2002
    9
    Lantana is a gripping and beautifully shot experience.
  4. Liz
    Sep 8, 2002
    9
    Beautifully acted and scripted.
  5. Slobodan
    Mar 30, 2005
    10
    Just excellent.
  6. MichaelF.
    Jan 19, 2002
    10
    One of the year's 5 best! Everything is perfect! So touching and powerful! A
  7. JohnM.
    Jan 5, 2002
    9
    Well acted - Great story - Superb Cinematography Chilling Score - and Mr Rush! What more do you need???
  8. BradH.
    Jan 7, 2002
    10
    The film of the year. That it wasn't considered for Canne is a travisty. Brilliant performances, notably Kerry Armsrtong, and brilliant writing make this an intelligent, subtle piece of cinema.
  9. RonG.
    Mar 20, 2002
    10
    Dazzling and intriguing throughout--masterful filmmaking.
  10. DaveC.
    Jul 29, 2004
    4
    Dreary melodrama. The characters are about as interesting as cardboard.
  11. parker
    Feb 21, 2006
    10
    Simply superb in virtually all phases: acting, scene orchestration, directing,, etc. captivating throughout, unpretentious, with unusual depth & perception in evidence. thought provoking.
  12. DanielB.
    Jan 15, 2002
    4
    Tedious, pretentious.
  13. Richard
    Jul 15, 2002
    9
    Twisty and involving. Some of the relationships seem a little too convenient, but it's well-acted across the board.
  14. TonyB.
    Nov 28, 2008
    5
    Well acted but sluggish and slow.
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 90
    The acting is top-notch, and LaPaglia, who makes the cop's torment palpable, gives the performance of his career.
  2. In addition to the strong script, the ensemble performances are topnotch, with no one hogging the limelight.
  3. 75
    For the briefest of moments, someone not paying attention might mistake Lantana for a mystery. -- Lantana is actually an examination of human interaction.