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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Like his characters, Guiraudie is walking a tightrope, finding the point where sex and death exude a similar allure. You won't be able to look away. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Stranger by the Lake has no rating, but if it had, it would earn an NC-17 ten times over. show more

  • 80
    Jordan Mintzer The Hollywood Reporter

    Stranger by the Lake invites you into its alluring and peaceful world, only to gradually uncover the darkness beneath it. show more

  • 85
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Stranger by the Lake has become a psychosexually intriguing blend of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" and William Friedkin's "Cruising" — one in which sex gets intertwined with murder, fear battles desire, and the police discover that voyeurs don't necessarily make good witnesses if no one ever exchanges names or phone numbers. show more

  • 100
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Spare, steely, sexually explicit in a way that transcends mere provocation, Stranger by the Lake is vital cinema. show more

  • 100
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    Alain Guiraudie's film portrays cruising as a danger-seeking and astoundingly repetitive affair, intimately linked to death itself. show more

  • 100

    Guiraudie's directorial assurance is stunning: the entire movie is a master class in audiovisual storytelling, as well as an exemplary case of immersing the viewer in an environment. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The movie is filled with graphic sex scenes that leave nothing to the imagination — this film would make even John Waters blush — but there’s more at work here than shock value and sensationalism. show more

  • 75
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    What Stranger by the Lake lacks in suspense and back story it makes up for in atmosphere: It’s a subtle exercise in the pathetic fallacy. show more

  • 100

    Beautifully crafted, sinister, frightening, erotic and thought-provoking, Alain Guiraudie’s multi-faceted Cannes triumph is already one of the most provocative, intriguing films of the year. show more

  • February 21, 2014 bg00000000182659
    Report This User

    Sorry this soft core porn movie is nothing more than a French update on the infamous Al Pacino movie, Cruising. Just like Cruising this film goes out of it's way to reinforce negative stereotypes.

  • February 13, 2014 jerryjou
    Report This User

    Exellent suspense French film. All male cast. lot of nudity.

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