(2001)

Critic Reviews

84

Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
San Francisco Chronicle
Stuns with writing, acting, direction.
100
Wall Street Journal
It's one of the best surprises of the holiday season.
100
Baltimore Sun
Voluptuous dance about love, pain and the whole damn thing.
90
Rolling Stone
The acting is top-notch, and LaPaglia, who makes the cop's torment palpable, gives the performance of his career.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
This description no doubt makes the film seem like some kind of gimmicky puzzle. What's surprising is how easy it is to follow the plot, and how the coincidences don't get in the way.
88
Haunting, powerfully acted, penetratingly written, it's about people coming home -- and not coming home -- to their marriages.
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.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Steeped in quiet despair, Lantana is a psychological thriller that emphasizes the psychology over the thrills. It's a smart, heart-twisting picture.
75
New York Daily News
In addition to the strong script, the ensemble performances are topnotch, with no one hogging the limelight.
75
While the movie is well acted and creative, its story and style are too self-consciously clever to build a high degree of emotional power.

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