Lake City
Directed by Hunter Hill and Perry Moore


A wayward son returns home to his family’s Virginia farm.

It’s a mystery how Lake City’s characters could have “woes so big,” while the viewers care “so little,” said Lisa Schwarzbaum in Entertainment Weekly. In this Southern family drama, a ne’er-do-well son (Troy Garity) returns home to his mother (Sissy Spacek) after a drug deal goes bad. The cast has more problems than “Sarah Palin at a Katie Couric interview,” and the story is “as impersonal as it is labored.” Writer-directors Hunter Hill and Perry Moore rely too much on typical indie-film formulas and wind up with a “generic, undifferentiated” debut. Worse than that, they’ve made a mediocre movie with “delusions of high seriousness,” said Stephen Holden in The New York Times. What little potential Lake City shows is quickly frittered away as the film “deteriorates into a parental soap opera” and eventually plunges into absurd melodrama. The actors do wonders with the implausible material, said Stephen Farber in The Hollywood Reporter. Spacek “exudes salt-of-the-earth strength” and Garity delivers a fine performance as a damaged man. Yet their “emotional epiphanies” are mostly wasted.