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Universal acclaim- based on 35 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. Stuns with writing, acting, direction.
  2. 100
    Astonishingly well acted film, so much so that it seems unfair to single out any of the performances. Mr. Lawrence's camera sense is as sure and unobtrusive as his feel for acting. The movie just seems to happen, to grow out of the ground like a thorny plant, revealing the intricate intelligence of its design only in hindsight.
  3. 90
    Notable for its power of surprise and its refusal to immediately clarify the confusion of these lost souls.
  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. It's LaPaglia's finest, deepest role and he's matched by Armstrong, who makes Sonja's undaunting optimism palpable within a trying marriage that's gulping for breath.
  6. 75
    There's some genuine suspense in Lantana, including one unbearably tense moment that is worthy of Hitchcock. But the movie's most unnerving aspect is the way in which it suggests true happiness may be impossible to regain once you've lost it.
  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
    Simply 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
    Well acted but sluggish and slow.

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