A stunning minimalist erotic thriller that explores with arresting photography and economical use of dialogue how human identity is defined, and sometimes imprisoned, by our desires, drives, and passions.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-03-14
Carefully and often brilliantly creates its own Eden-like universe.
John Hartl, Seattle Times, 2014-03-06
There's too much metaphysical packaging material in the story; it's half Styrofoam peanuts. But its ideas are intriguing and its murky suspense is undeniable.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-03-06
What sets the engrossing "Stranger by the Lake" apart is that its excesses seem to point to a moral purpose beyond shock or entertainment value.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2014-03-06
A simple and ruthlessly effective exercise in minimal narrative and style, Alain Guiraudie's moral tale is so restrained and atmospheric that the nudity and graphic sex don't upstage the creepy mood of seductive, inescapable doom.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2014-02-20
This lake is a sexual refuge, about to be stained by sin and blood.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2014-02-07
French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie's tantalizingly erotic fable of love, passion and death.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2014-01-30
Writer-director Alain Guiraudie has an imagistic talent for suspense and erotic byplay.
Michael Sragow, Orange County Register, 2014-01-30
The film is a Hitchcockian murder story in which the Hitchcockian elements-style as well as content-are stood on their heads in order to realize a philosophical vision that's no less sophisticated than Hitchcock's own.
Richard Brody, New Yorker, 2014-01-24
The kind of taut, low-key thriller that Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock would very much admire.
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, 2014-01-24
So much of this beguiling film's beauty is in how it sneaks up on you, the way genre elements quietly insinuate their way into the story.
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2014-01-24
A cautionary tale about finding love with an improper stranger.
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, 2014-01-24
"Stranger by the Lake" is seductive and fascinating, but it is also a bit trapped in its own conceit, and in its carefully maintained emotional detachment.
A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2014-01-23
A psychosexually intriguing blend of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and William Friedkin's Cruising ...
Bob Mondello, NPR, 2014-01-23
Like his characters, [director Alain] Guiraudie is walking a tightrope, finding the point where sex and death exude a similar allure. You won't be able to look away.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2014-01-23
The film's circumscribed scope is simultaneously its most intriguing and most limiting factor.
Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club, 2014-01-23
From a single setting, a lakeside gay cruising spot, and an old theme - the link between sex and death - Alain Guiraudie constructs an intricate film.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, 2014-01-22
A murderous love story whose serene setting hides a darker purpose.
Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-01-21
An absorbing and intelligent exploration of queer desire spiced up with thriller elements after one of the studly nudists goes missing.
Boyd van Hoeij, Variety, 2014-01-21