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I can't believe that even the most rabid chick-flick masochists wouldn't gag on it.

-Peter Travers

I have always felt that both Ms. Bullock's patented expressions of anguish and Mr. Reeves' stoical minimalism have been somewhat underrated.

-Andrew SarrisFull Review

Bullock's decision to play Kate as a morose kill-joy is particularly inexplicable. She's getting letters from some hot architect through a hole in the time-space continuum, and yet her expression remains impassive, her voice flat, her outlook maudlin.

-Bruce Newman

I was hot to trot for the exit halfway through, but a dogged sense of duty kept me stuck in an endless present.

-Joe MorgensternFull Review

Those wishing to suppress real-life traumas may submit to the deliriously stupid romantic time-travel drama The Lake House -- I did and had a jolly time.

-David EdelsteinFull Review

I couldn't spoil the plot if I wanted to, since I have no idea how it all ties together.

-Stephanie ZacharekFull Review

A pretty soap bubble of a movie. It's lovely to look at and calming to watch, but don't try to touch it - it just might pop and vanish, right there in your hand.

-Moira MacDonaldFull Review

There's only one answer to this epistolary screen romance: Return to Sender.

-Susan WalkerFull Review

It's a delicate, hyper-romantic atmosphere, pensive and steeped in longing, that covers over the story's inconsistencies -- or at least offers enough distraction to make us not care.

-Mick LaSalleFull Review

It doesn't quite work, but it fails with warmth.

-Roger MooreFull Review

A bit too moody and metaphysical for its own good.

-Lisa RoseFull Review

The sort of dopey movie best appreciated while wearing pajamas.

-Lou Lumenick

The time-warp romantic fantasy The Lake House is a puzzle that is maddeningly obtuse, emotionally overstretched and virtually absent a sense of interior logic.

-Jack MathewsFull Review

It may have a nice view, but this is one house with a decidedly shoddy foundation.

-Connie OgleFull Review

The film moves toward a spooky coincidence that canny viewers will predict in the first act. I wish I hadn't; it killed all the film's suspense and much of its dewy seduction.

-Amy BiancolliFull Review

We also know the last time Keanu and Sandra shared the screen together. That was yesterday and Speed. This is today and Snail. I'm not betting on a tomorrow.

-Rick GroenFull Review

The Lake House may float your boat if you're starved for romance, but really, love deserves better.

-Tom LongFull Review

The list of inconsistencies is far too long and laborious to recount.

-Terry LawsonFull Review

The Lake House swamps its heart-aimed ambitions with too many head- scratching moments.

-Lisa KennedyFull Review

Enough of the plot and its paradoxes. What I respond to in the movie is its fundamental romantic impulse. It makes us hope these two people will somehow meet.

-Roger EbertFull Review


-J. R. JonesFull Review

As soon as Kate lets drop that her favorite author is Jane Austen and the Nick Drake songs kick in on the soundtrack, you know this movie won't be taking any prisoners. Don't fight it with logic, because you'll lose.

-Ty BurrFull Review

The Lake House is one of the more befuddling movies of recent years. The premise makes no sense, no matter how you turn it around in your head.

-Claudia PuigFull Review

The joy lies in getting there, with lush visual direction by Alejandro Agresti and appealing performances by Ms. Bullock and her old Speed co-star Keanu Reeves.

-Nancy ChurninFull Review

Instead of paying attention to the love story, you'll be staring at the capacious holes in the plot. While the premise might seem hard to understand, it's really not. It's just hard to swallow.

-Bill MullerFull Review

A chronological brain-teaser confounding enough to keep you busy trying to figure out whether those holes are in the story or in your logic.

-Carina ChocanoFull Review

There is still chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, but a heavy dose of Hollywood metaphysics keeps them apart for most of this wondrously illogical time-travel romance.

-A.O. Scott

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.

-Peter RainerFull Review

The Lake House has the sensibility of something conceived by Stephen King after an overdose of chocolate-covered cherries and valentine cards.

-Stephen HunterFull Review

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