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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

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  • Summary: This ensemble mystery set in Australia examines the stories of four married couples, each touched by the discovery of a murdered woman.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 100
    Voluptuous dance about love, pain and the whole damn thing.
  2. 100
    Elegant but never overstated, sinister but never coldhearted, this is a note-perfect masterwork on a modest, human scale.
  3. 90
    The acting is top-notch, and LaPaglia, who makes the cop's torment palpable, gives the performance of his career.
  4. 88
    More intent on engaging the heart as it explores the mysteries contained within - mysteries that, as Lawrence and his spot-on cast demonstrate, are far more compelling than simple murder.
  5. Reviewed by: Ted Mahar
    83
    The story is ingeniously intricate but never gimmicky or implausible. As it develops, the suspense grows about what direction the story could possibly take next.
  6. 75
    For the briefest of moments, someone not paying attention might mistake Lantana for a mystery. -- Lantana is actually an examination of human interaction.
  7. 30
    The scenario eventually becomes so coincidence-choked that the filmmakers have no choice but to play it for mild snickers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. parker
    Feb 21, 2006
    10
    Simply superb in virtually all phases: acting, scene orchestration, directing,, etc. captivating throughout, unpretentious, with unusual depthSimply superb in virtually all phases: acting, scene orchestration, directing,, etc. captivating throughout, unpretentious, with unusual depth & perception in evidence. thought provoking. Expand
  2. TonyB.
    Nov 28, 2008
    5
    Well acted but sluggish and slow.

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