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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. 75
    It's hard to overestimate what a job of work was accomplished here to keep this from being a catastrophe. But The Lake House, despite its dubious foundation, proves surprisingly sturdy.
  3. The movie is, above all, a showcase for its stars, who seem gratifyingly comfortable in their own skin and delighted to be in each other's company again, in another deeply silly, effortlessly entertaining movie.
  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. There is a germ of a good idea in the notion that an imaginary suitor can be more powerful than a real one. But director Alejandro Agresti isn't the man to pull it off.
  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: 40 out of 78
  2. Negative: 31 out of 78
  1. Mar 20, 2012
    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 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
  2. Aug 24, 2014
    The concept is here. It's actually quite clever in parts. But there is something about Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves that didn't seem to click for me. Expand

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