Stranger by the Lake Synopsis
Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man.

Movie Reviews

Critic Ratings


The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

Guiraudie's directorial assurance is stunning: the entire movie is a master class in audiovisual storytelling, as well as an exemplary case...
Full Review

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
Alain Guiraudie's film portrays cruising as a danger-seeking and astoundingly repetitive affair, intimately linked to death itself.
Full Review


Beautifully crafted, sinister, frightening, erotic and thought-provoking, Alain Guiraudie’s multi-faceted Cannes triumph is already one of...
Full Review

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
Stranger abounds with precision and detail, evinced not just in the spectacular visual composition but also in the observation of...
Full Review

The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
Even when the plot kicks in and the stakes get raised, there’s a casualness to Guiraudie’s approach that’s singular and admirably defiant...
Full Review


By Boyd van Hoeij
This is essentially an absorbing and intelligent exploration of queer desire spiced up with thriller elements.
Full Review


By Bob Mondello
Stranger by the Lake has become a psychosexually intriguing blend of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" and William Friedkin's "Cruising" —...
Full Review

The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
Guiraudie creates an ambiance of eerie atmospherics that is at once crisp and observant, and oddly dreamlike, or nightmarish.
Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is voyeuristic, sure, but in a way that evokes Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" more than William Friedkin's "Cruising."
Full Review


By j.Brew
This movie was great. As the story unfolded, it just got better and better. The psychological landscape was thrilling. I was thinking about it for days after I saw it. It's a shame that people...

tres risque

By txndude
I consider myself very open-minded, but I really did not care for this movie. I was expecting "Hitchcock", but it never developed. I think the sex scenes distracted too much from the story, as if the...

By om
Really amazing and different, and very nice filmed....

Stranger by the Lake

By denopotter
Loved the film--loved the ending....

give it a won't be disappointed

By Ayr79
I enjoyed this film. LOVED the main characters development and the finale wasn't expected. Throughout the film you saw glimmers of hope and redemption for each character only to be left with a...

Excellent film

By peterson63
I loved everything about the movie except the ending. Then 2 days later it occurred to me what the symbolism was for the ending. So, now I like even the ending. It really shows how several...

like it very much

By jfparis
great acting, interesting and thoughtful story about infatuation....


By ofshvmin
As stunning, visually and narratively, as it was refreshing in its treatment of certain aspects of gay culture. The best thriller I've seen, ever....

Review title (optional)

By tfcoleman
It's like watching a 1990's gay Falcon porn but with an actual plot line....

Trailer is ridiculously misleading.

By mactor56
It like watching bad 70's gay French porn....