Lakeboat (2000)

Renowned character actor Joe Mantegna makes his directorial debut with this film adaptation of one of David Mamet's first plays, boasting such onscreen talent as Peter Falk, Charles Durning, and Robert Forster. Based on Mamet's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though not much happens plot-wise, Lakeboat still has a lot to offer for fans of Mamet.

Emanuel Levy

Based on Mamet's experience as a freighter on the Great Lakes while a grad English lit student, Mantegna's screen version is so dramatically inert and artistically shapeless resulting in an uninvolving memory film.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

As drama, it's not much; as a meditation on language and storytelling, it's a treat.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This plotless film is filled with a zillion little nostalgia stories that are both pointless and irritating, but some stories can also be devilishly charming.

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Steven Leigh Morris
L.A. Weekly

Mamet's fixation on language is ... more effective onstage than onscreen, where the technical and visual requirements distract from the sounds of the words -- the heart of Mamet's work.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A first-rate movie made from one of David Mamet's lesser plays.

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Christopher Null

Mamet knows people so well that you can forgive his lack of actual story once in awhile.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Watching it, you come to understand what it is that Mamet has been true to all these years.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

Where Mantegna succeeds is in providing a forum for some great acting.

Chris Wiegand
Boxoffice Magazine

For the most part a lot of fun, with some fine performances from a mature cast.

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