Lakeview Terrace
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An interracial couple moves into their California dream home, only to find themselves the target of their volatile next-door neighbor -- a racist LAPD officer -- in this tightly wound thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington. Newlyweds Chris and Lisa seem like they have the perfect marriage and now, with their new home in the exclusive community Lakeview Terrace, the perfect life as well, but things soon turn ugly in the posh neighborhood when they begin to receive threats from their neighbor Abel, a middle-aged LAPD officer who has obvious objections to the couple's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The yawning chasm between the film's aspirations to social significance and its cheese-o-licious straight-to-video construction make it a chucklesome guilty pleasure."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The actors make it watchable, but with these incendiary themes, 'watchable' isn't exactly a wildfire."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Lakeview Terrace isn't anywhere as wacky as LaBute's Wicker Man remake, yet the two reveal an artist too caught up with his misanthropic conceits to notice the ridiculous humor in them."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"As a thriller, it's passable, but at what point do we say to director Neil LaBute, "Enough already with the misogynistic themes"?"
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"...should satisfy fans of "(fill in the blank) from hell" thrillers."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The movie is directed by Neil LaBute, whose history suggests he's comfortable making his audience just uncomfortable enough to make a lasting impression."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Lakeview Terrace is a serviceable enough popcorn exercise in a few floundering Angelenos who can't just get along."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"This angry black man wants a 'chocolate drop' of his own -- yes, 'chocolate drop' is actually used in this film! However, it's such a weak movie that you won't get offended."
‑ Clay Cane,
"The race-baiting thriller Lakeview Terrace is exactly what you would expect from a screenplay by a Hollywood hack and an established playwright: some sharp dialogue grafted onto a credibility-stretching and familiar plot. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"As a thriller it's solid three-star tension. As a Samuel L. Jackson showcase it proves a man can only coast through so many motherfuckin' or milquetoastin' turns before having to display his full and overpowering talent."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"I found it scary at times and I was tense and I was on the edge of my seat, , but ultimately it did spiral out of control and get a little ridiculous."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Isn't much fun either as social commentary or procedural guignol."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It's ironic when the tactics it uses to ratchet up the suspense actually reduces the very real tension that gets communicated in its first half."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Lakeview Terrace is not a hit by any means, but it is a lot better than Jackson's last film Snakes on a Plane and much improved for director Neil LaBute, known for his previous work on The Wicker Man."
‑ Jolene Mendez, Entertainment Spectrum
"A potboiler with pretensions that's never really at the races."
‑ Leigh Singer, Film4
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