(2001)

Critic Reviews

84

Metascore

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100
Baltimore Sun
Voluptuous dance about love, pain and the whole damn thing.
100
Wall Street Journal
It's one of the best surprises of the holiday season.
90
Rolling Stone
The acting is top-notch, and LaPaglia, who makes the cop's torment palpable, gives the performance of his career.
90
Los Angeles Times
A remarkably thoughtful drama, Lantana makes it clear not only how hard to come by any emotional comfort is in this life, but more important, why we can't give up on the struggle.
90
New Times (L.A.)
Lawrence constructs a vivid pastiche of human foibles, nicely flavored with a touch of suspense and some well-timed jolts of humor. In the end it's a terrifically entertaining film, if not quite so profound as the makers might wish.
83
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.
75
New York Daily News
In addition to the strong script, the ensemble performances are topnotch, with no one hogging the limelight.
75
ReelViews
For the briefest of moments, someone not paying attention might mistake Lantana for a mystery. -- Lantana is actually an examination of human interaction.
75
Miami Herald
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.
67
While viewers who expect a conventional suspense film may be disappointed in Lantana overall, it does succeed on a smaller, more intimate scale.

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