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The Girl in the Park
A socially isolated woman still haunted by the disappearance of her three-year-old daughter 15 years ago obsesses over the prospect that a troubled young woman whom she has recently befriended may in fact be her long-lost daughter in The Lake House director/screenwriter David Auburn's affecting psychological drama. Sigourney Weaver stars as the long-grieving mother, and The Devil Wears Prada's Kate Bosworth stars as the mixed-up teen who becomes the object of the dejected woman's hopeful fixation.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Essentially about loss, guilt and regret, Auburn's film also examines Julia's increasingly unhealthy obsession with her surrogate daughter, which gives it an air of uneasy tension that never amounts to much."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The film stretches credibility a little with the coincidences that could yet make Louise the missing girl, but gives the actors plenty to work with."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"The kindest adjectives to describe Weaver's performance would be 'overwrought' and 'unsympathetic'."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"It is not without its problems, but this is, at the very least, an attention-grabbing first feature with a fine example of ensemble playing from its cast."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"...a sporadically overwrought but mostly compelling film..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Auds can see what Auburn was aiming for, but his portrait of grieving and wishful thinking doesn't connect emotionally. He's not helped by Weaver's brittle, unsympathetic perf, which borders on caricature."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"while there is a lot to like in Auburn's tightly focused film, it never fully pulls together."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"Weaver's still unresolved grief, subtly hits every note that Changeling plinked or plonked like a honky-tonk hokum artist."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Impressively directed, sharply written and emotionally involving drama with a terrific central performance from Sigourney Weaver."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"An overwrought melodrama with bold intentions but poor execution."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Auburn leaves too many dramatic holes and blows his potentially explosive 'Festen' moment by allowing a confrontation over dinner to fizzle into anti-climax."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"There's a prissy self-congratulation about early parts of David Auburn's family-bereavement drama, though it got to me eventually."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Wryly amusing, achingly poignant and pleasingly understated, with a stand-out performance from Weaver."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
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