Lake City
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Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity, and music icon Dave Matthews star in this tale of an estranged mother and son who reluctantly come together in hopes of saving their home. Maggie (Spacek) and Billy (Garity) are a desperate mother and damaged son who went their separate ways following a long-ago tragedy. South African-born singer/songwriter Matthews portrays a drug dealer willing to harm anyone keeping him from recovering cocaine that was stolen from him by Billy's troubled wife.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A convoluted, discombobulated take on a small-town drama, Lake City shifts gears so often it never gets out of the driveway."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"An interesting little film."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"...ultimately establishes itself as a compelling little drama..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The only thing saving Lake City from total ridiculousness is Spacek."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
""Lake City" is a throwaway film with a cast it doesn't deserve."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"With all the high-profile movies blasting into theaters at this time of year, Lake City will probably get lost in the shuffle. That won't be a tragedy."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A movie that just didn't really ring true."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"It is phony, manipulative films like this that make people line up for Paul Blart: Mall Cop."
‑ Paul Brenner,
"The astonishingly inept finish could serve as a primer in screenwriting classes on how not to wind up a family drama."
‑ Robert Koehler, Christian Science Monitor
"All of these movies uneasily coexist under the umbrella title of Lake City, which is a shame because Sissy Spacek can be found wasting a genuinely affecting performance in this mess."
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
"Mother and son have an uneasy bond that should be familiar to anyone who has ever seen a movie in which a child's room has been preserved and locked tight."
‑ Michelle Orange, L.A. Weekly
"One of those Deep Dark Secret movies, the dull indie Lake City combines a wholly uninteresting family mystery with a wholly unconvincing crime drama."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"When Hill and Moore leave story and characters behind to veer off into suspenseless chases through cornfields, one wonders if the era of earnest American drama may be coming to a close."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"An intermittently admirable but largely incongruous work that suggests not only divergent sensibilities on the part of the two neophyte filmmakers, but a certain indecisiveness regarding their core audience."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"The filmmakers rely excessively on a repeated dreamlike flashback and on foliage, fields and sunsets to remind us 'we are all part of a greater universe.'"
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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