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Lakeview Terrace Review Critics


Dave White Profile

...a lunk-headed, amoral Single White Female/Hand That Rocks The Cradle-plagiarizing thriller. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Joyless and airless suspense thriller.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I find movies like this alive and provoking, and I'm exhilarated to have my thinking challenged at every step of the way.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The film, absent a sense of place and populated by repellent or weak characters, soon devolves into an increasingly foul litany of events.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Jackson is the best thing here.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Anyone who has ever had an annoying neighbor will see their worst nightmares fulfilled in the overheated but entertaining Lakeview Terrace.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Scary, racism-themed thriller isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the plot of this film -- which has very strong content for a PG-13 -- is driven by escalating violence, cruelty, and racism (much of it directed toward a racially mixed couple). A policeman is portrayed as unbalanced, aggressive, and threatening. Gunshots are fired out of and near an apartment where a husband holds his wife and baby hostage, and shoot-outs at close range result in the bloody deaths of two men. A policeman punches a suspect with a rifle, slaps his teen daughter in the face, and breaks the law to cover up his actions. Mildly sexual scenes involve a caring husband and wife kissing and hugging, with partial male nudity seen from the rear. There's also a fair amount of strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k"), smoking, and social drinking.

  • Families can talk about how and why the filmmakers use racism to update the age-old story of feuding neighbors. Is this an effective choice? Why or why not? Is the movie trying to equate the danger of the advancing wildfires to the danger of the advancing personal racism? How do the climaxes of both events work together to resolve the story? What other issues come into play in the movie besides race?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The plot revolves around an African-American man's subtle and overt prejudice toward a mixed-race couple. Constant references to racial stereotypes and a parody of African-American behavior and language mostly by seemingly self-deprecating African-American character. A police officer exhibits aggressive behavior, a hot temper, and racist sensibility.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Point-blank shooting of a conspirator by a policeman is followed by a bloody fall into a swimming pool; shots are fired through the door into an apartment with a woman and child inside; police officer with gun chases suspect; a man holds a gun to his own neck, threatening suicide; a policeman punches a suspect hard with rifle; a father slaps his teen daughter in the face with great force; attempted rape of the pregnant lead female character; final bloody chase and shootout includes fierce physical fight, car crash, and multiple direct bullet hits.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A married couple hugs and kisses lovingly in many scenes and engage in post-sex cuddling on one occasion; a man is glimpsed in the nude from behind; scantily dressed lap dancers perform briefly and try to entice men at a bachelor party; two children watch a married couple embracing and kissing in a swimming pool.

  • language false3

    Language: Frequent use of words like "s--t," "bitch," the many permutations of "ass," "hell," "bastard," and "dammit" occasional use of more intense cursing: "f--k," "p---y," "prick." One use of the "N" word.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: U-Haul truck, RE/MAX Realty sign.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A lead character sneaks cigarettes and smokes in private. Social drinking in several scenes: neighborhood parties, wine with dinner, relaxing with a beer, drinking in moderation in a bar. Heavy drinking and drunkenness depicted at a bachelor party.