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  • Summary: Based on the original 2000 South Korean film "Il Mare," The Lake House is a love story that explores the intriguing concept of an intimate communication across time.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. 88
    What I respond to in the movie is its fundamental romantic impulse.
  2. An enjoyably sudsy romance starring a moody Keanu Reeves, a broody Sandra Bullock, and the titular structure - a jewel box of glass and steel perched on stilts over Lake Michigan.
  3. 70
    Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves are both such guarded celebrities that I have a hard time imagining them as lovers, a problem this Chicago-based romantic fantasy surmounted by isolating them from each other almost entirely.
  4. 58
    If you haven't had enough of Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan weepies like "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "You've Got Mail" (1998), The Lake House gives us Mopey in Chicago and You've Got Snail Mail.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    50
    This is a project whose elements, from concept to script to casting, refuse to follow the usual formulas, which is good, yet they never quite cohere.
  6. The only real magic in The Lake House is that Kate and Alex have never heard of e-mail.
  7. 25
    I can't believe that even the most rabid chick-flick masochists wouldn't gag on it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 79
  2. Negative: 31 out of 79
  1. R.Lopez
    Aug 11, 2009
    10
    We see romance flicks so often today that sometimes we don't bother to look for the underlining layers that define them, bad romances We see romance flicks so often today that sometimes we don't bother to look for the underlining layers that define them, bad romances just use cheap sex scenes and sexual dialogue to past the time so that you won't be lost in the horrible script and bad acting. Good romances on the other hand have unshakable romantic stories that touch the heart and uplift he soul, they have acting that almost renders you speechless and an unimaginably great script and story that you just love. "The Lake House" has all the qualities of a great romantic drama and so much more. This supernatural love story is something of a stand alone in the modern romance genre it follows protocol down to almost every layer of Romance. But somewhere along the line it takes a really long detour down the path of unique and mind blowing. This film is nothing short of brilliant and remarkable I haven't enjoyed a good Romantic drama since "Titanic" and "Rome + Juliet", this film was extremely entertaining, very sweet and movingly touching to the point that your almost in tears. This movie has the makings of greatness but it's mired down by the people calling it clique, predictable, unoriginal and unmoving. But I'm sorry this film doesn't have cliques, it's unpredictable, it's very original, and it's extremely moving. It resonates with the heart and with the soul on a whole new level, it makes you feel great and gives you that sense of love and enjoyment that you've been searching for in a romantic drama. It's so beautiful and so touching that you just can't ignore the romantic freshness that resonates from this film as you watch the story unfold right in front of you, It's story and plot are so warm and gentle and I loved every single minute of it. And if your forgiving and open your mind and look past everything you see today and look at this film with fresh eyes and a born again sense of love and happiness, than I can promise you this film will conquer. All in all this film delivers a very romantic, very touching and very unique love story that just happens to transcend time itself. The Lake House delivers. Expand
  2. ChelseaW.
    Jul 7, 2006
    10
    I absolutely loved The Lake House. I think it deserves many awards, for someone to think this up and then put it on film with 2 amazing I absolutely loved The Lake House. I think it deserves many awards, for someone to think this up and then put it on film with 2 amazing leads, is fantastic. Expand
  3. JonathanS
    Oct 13, 2006
    9
    I like the fact that this movie felt genuine. At no point did I roll my eyes and wish they could have done anything better. The plot was a I like the fact that this movie felt genuine. At no point did I roll my eyes and wish they could have done anything better. The plot was a little far fetched and I'm sure some people can't connect with it, but I think that's what makes this movie so original and likeable. A must see and a great movie to own. Expand
  4. Mar 20, 2012
    7
    Why are there so many idiots out there. You didn't like the movie, I get it....that is fine. But why are you saying its hard toWhy are there so many idiots out there. You didn't like the movie, I get it....that is fine. But why are you saying its hard to follow/confusing?? For anyone looking for a short review, here it is. This isn't the best romantic film out there. But it is a little different than normal. Two lives unable to truly connect because they are separated by time. I wish they did things differently, but its not a film and is at least a 6/10. I'll do 7/10 because it is memorable, sweet, and you are rooting for the characters. Its drawn out on purpose...its called suspense people. If you want the couple to get together in the first 30 minutes what would be the point to the rest? Expand
  5. NickS.
    Mar 20, 2007
    3
    I was actually looking forward to seeing this movie after catching the trailer a couple of times. Unfortunately, the finished product was a I was actually looking forward to seeing this movie after catching the trailer a couple of times. Unfortunately, the finished product was a bit lacking. There is a spark of life in the movie, and I believe there is an enjoyable film to be found there. Unfortunately, the director was not the one to find it. This could have been a very good movie, if done by someone like Ron Howard or Steven Spielberg. As it stands, I am very disappointed. Expand
  6. WorstOfAllTime
    Jun 30, 2006
    1
    I love the two stars. As for the movie, there is no chemistry and is it ever so slow. Has more holes than swiss cheese and is forgotten as I love the two stars. As for the movie, there is no chemistry and is it ever so slow. Has more holes than swiss cheese and is forgotten as soon as you leave the theater. Terrible movie that even a hopeless romantic cannot appreciate. Expand
  7. BarbaraK.
    Jun 17, 2006
    0
    Take the two most boring people in the world. Now imagine that you're an observer to a romance between them. You observe every small Take the two most boring people in the world. Now imagine that you're an observer to a romance between them. You observe every small talk word, every move, etc. That's pretty much what the movie is. Any reasonably intelligent person can figure the movie plot out in the first few minutes of the film. Most of the film is just filler that serves to stretch a five minute story out to an hour and a half. Expand

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