(2006)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

Based on 15 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
The A.V. Club
If nothing else, the film puts the lie to the notion that an abortion could ever be frivolous or lightly considered. On that point, everyone in Lake Of Fire agrees, whether they acknowledge the other side or not.
90
Lake of Fire centers on abortion, but Kaye understands that while dead fetuses are the hook, the agenda covers the whole life cycle.
90
Variety
An extraordinary docu achievement. Handsomely filmed on silvery 35mm and high-definition by Kaye himself, the shrewdly edited picture balances a full spectrum of views from all sides of the abortion debate without obviously taking a position itself.
88
Does find a spot closer to the middle than most.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Smart, visually appealing, and consistently engaging.
80
Village Voice
At once monumental and ghostly.
80
Salon
Highly compelling, if overlong and overwrought.
75
A great abortion documentary might leave you guessing which side of the debate the director was on. Lake of Fire is not that film, but it comes somewhat close.
75
It's impossible to watch Tony Kaye's theatrically supercharged, equal-opportunity button-pusher without experiencing a welter of emotions -- which is just what the filmmaker planned.
70
One lesson of Lake of Fire is the galvanizing power of the visual image. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes pictures are not enough.

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