Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 6, 2014
    50
    Stranger by the Lake has no rating, but if it had, it would earn an NC-17 ten times over.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Feb 2, 2014
    7
    It's a good movie with some intriguing thriller elements to it, but I'm getting tired of these films that don't have an ending. Sure, thereIt's a good movie with some intriguing thriller elements to it, but I'm getting tired of these films that don't have an ending. Sure, there are two or three ways the thing could go at the final frame, but you've got to pick one, writer & director! It undercuts a quality film. Not choosing is half-assed. Full Review »
  2. Jan 26, 2014
    4
    Am in two minds about this film. I didn’t like it. The story of a serial killer at work in a small gay cruising community. Seemed almostAm in two minds about this film. I didn’t like it. The story of a serial killer at work in a small gay cruising community. Seemed almost anti-gay. On the other hand, though, no question but that it was powerful. Almost theatrical, with a limited number of repeated sets. It's like a series of repeated scenes, with each scene moving the story on. You can admire the film-making craft, But there were puzzling elements, annoying details too. In the end I decided to read the film as an AIDS allegory …. but maybe that was from a desire to make sense of what would otherwise be a nasty & pointless thriller. Full Review »
  3. Oct 16, 2014
    6
    Interesting ..Porn or not... Well shot.... Characters.. all depressed gay men ? why would someone put themselves in harms way ...for Sex...Interesting ..Porn or not... Well shot.... Characters.. all depressed gay men ? why would someone put themselves in harms way ...for Sex... Love .. It took some risks bringing hardcore sex to a film which was a shock ..There's Reality in this film ..which was spot on..It certainly keeps you thinking and holds you in, even I thought of turning it off..What really bugged me was the Detective looking for a murderer in the dark no less.. alone and no gun..why.... but I admit it left a impact. Full Review »