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Based on 18 Reviews
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  • 60
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Brought to the screen awkwardly but ardently by Mamet-actor supreme Joe Mantegna in his feature-directing debut. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A must-see for Mamet fans. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Students of acting will appreciate the relish with which the characters bite off juicy chunks of dialogue. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Mantegna gives us just enough detail, enough exterior shots, so that we feel we're on a ship. All the rest is conversation and idleness. The lake boat is a lot like life. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Though Mantegna can't quite lick the essential staginess of Mamet's adaptation of his play, even with lots of scenic shots of Lake Ontario, the performances are what one would expect with such a consummate actor in charge. show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Feels a bit flat and underdeveloped. show more

  • 50
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    Though this film shows flashes of the electric writer Mamet was to become, Lakeboat is mostly distant thunder over choppy waters. show more

  • 70
    Michael Dequina Film Threat

    Beautiful moments of performance such as Forster's subtly spellbinding monologues -- make for compelling cinema. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Film feels like a parody of Mamet mannerisms, and the trouble lies with the play, which Mamet first penned some 25 years for an Actors Equity showcase. show more

  • 83
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    The most pure of Mamet's works to come to the screen. show more

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