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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Nothing stands up to scrutiny -- least of all the lethargic acting and the clumsy script. I was hot to trot for the exit halfway through, but a dogged sense of duty kept me stuck in an endless present.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The only real magic in The Lake House is that Kate and Alex have never heard of e-mail.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    A slow-moving, never-igniting tale of calendar-crossed lovers that grows less convincing as it proceeds.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What I respond to in the movie is its fundamental romantic impulse.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Corny romance will bore kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie includes some sad spots where the wannabe romantic partners can't meet for years, only exchange letters. A young man fights with his father, then the father dies, which makes the son cry. A bus accident kills a pedestrian (you hear crash and see prone body afterwards) and upsets a female doctor who's on the scene. Characters drink in bars and at parties. A woman kisses a man who's not her fiancé, who's upset when he catches them.

  • Families can talk about the idea of falling in love through letters (or online!): what sorts of things do you learn about someone else through writing that you often don't learn face to face? What traits make Kate and Alex appealing to one another, even though they haven't seen each other? How can waiting and patience make relationships, whether romantic or familial, seem more worthwhile?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters in love are loyal, characters looking for love sometimes hurt others, and a father-son relationship is tense (mutual anger).

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A bus hits a car and leaves a pedestrian dead; when Kate tries to help, she's sad when the victim dies.

  • sex false0

    Sex: "Long-distance" romance is mostly chaste (they live two years apart), but grants them two passionate kisses; Kate wears a nightie that shows cleavage.

  • language false3

    Language: Several uses of "hell," one each of s-word, "For Christ's sake," "godamnit."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink wine and beer a couple of times, liquor and champagne in social/party settings.