Lake Effects

5.71 h 35 min2020X-Ray13+
After the loss of their father, two estranged sisters reunite with their mother at their enchanting family lake house and find that the secret to overcoming tragedy and rebuilding hope lies in their ability to look deeper at themselves.
Michael McKay
Scottie ThompsonJane SeymourMadeline Zima
English [CC]
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4.2 out of 5 stars

134 global ratings

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KristenReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
So Very Bad In Every Way
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I just clicked on this movie and did not read the reviews. This movie is so bad. Ugh, where to even start. Jane Seymour is usually a good actress but her in and out accent was cringy. She wasn't the only one. Instead of developing the characters, they were just wide-eyed yokels waiting for the big city girl to come 'n save 'em. This is another movie with the alarming trend that when a woman says no, she really just wants you to press a little harder. All of the sudden she realizes that's romance. I don't consider myself overly feminist by any means but come on! That is a terrible message to send to women & honestly men of any age. The story is bad, the acting is terrible and the message is cringy. If the old boyfriend had pulled out a glass slipper that would have been about right. Skip this one.
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neaReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Sure had a Hallmark feel to it, Sappy.
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I like a movie with a happy ending so I gave it two stars, and the acting for some was decent, but the premise of the movie was very "Hallmark", a bit over the top and a lot Sappy. It didn't take a lot of creativity to churn this out. If you are looking for something that is rather light, doesn't require any deep thought this is the movie. The one thread that seems to run through most movies made today is lack of communication. I personally think that they use it a bit too often in movies to try and create drama where there isn't any. All she had to do was ask her Dad, who is Betty? Instead she cuts her family off for years because she assumes it was an affair. Even if it was an affair why would she punish her Mom and sister that way? I felt the ending was a bit strange also because there was no resolution with Tyler. She appeared to be returning to her lawyer job so what about her Virginia boyfriend? But I suppose they didn't care about giving that any kind of decent resolve. So you can't really call it a romance, just a poorly written movie that I am not sure why they even gave it a 13+ rating. It was pretty lame and tame.
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L.BenzReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's all good
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Everything came together to make a great story. Love, loss, more love and more loss. It was so worth watching and had its funny moments as well.
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Dixie AhneReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Don't bother
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For all of the soppy/sappy plotline/casting/resolution in this, it might as well have been churned out by Hallmark. That H couldn't be bothered to put their name on it should speak volumes about how forgettable this really is.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pleasant story
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I enjoyed this movie and certainly will watch it again in the future. The Virginia countryside is absolutely lovely. It does bring to the fore the wonderful small town mentality of kindness and community consciousness. I do recommend this movie for a relaxing evening at home.
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Laurent BriereReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I like very much the movie
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It is not a major movie production but well done with the feeling and emotion of the story. Familly is really the core of our happiness and I believe should be important for all of us.
DougReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well Done And Heartwarming...
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We love Jane Seymour in just about everything. But, you can't base a review on just one person, I guess. This was a pretty good Hallmark movie with a good storyline and satisfying ending. Most of these types of movies are predictable, and of course you need to keep a box of Kleenex nearby. This was one of the better Hallmark movies I thought. Not too sappy...and kept us interested throughout. I'd recommend it to those looking for a nice, tame, heartwarming movie about family and the hardships we've all gone through at some point in our lives...
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Dr. FredReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great location.
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This is a great film for two reasons. First it verified the old saying that with every film it is "Location, Location, Location." Filmed at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia it is in one of the most beautiful settings in America. The top stars were great, Jane Seymore, Richard Moll, Fred Savage and others. We were also drawn to new ones making their first appearance in a film. A major one at that. Kudos to Carol Webster who took her role as an extra to great professional heights. Virginians also owe a great deal to Bootie Bell Chewning of the Virginia Film Commission who acts as set locator, agent and advisor.
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