Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
August 20, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lost Souls

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
performer
Ben Chaplin, Winona Ryder, Philip Baker Hall, John Hurt, Sarah Wynter
director
Janusz Kaminski
Producers
Avery Pix, Castle Rock Productions, Prufrock Entertainment
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Pierce Gardner, Betsy Stahl
genre
Drama, Horror, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

Lawrence is a small-town cop with the usual litany of literary small-town-cop problems: an unfriendly ex-wife, a disconnected kid, and a love of the bottle. When a 3-year-old girl is found dead, the victim of a hit-and-run, Lawrence becomes involved in both the investigation and a cover-up that, as must happen in literary small towns, tears the community apart. Michael Collins is a gifted writer?spare and elegant in his prose, unsentimental about his rough and damaged characters. When the story in Lost Souls remains focused on the protagonists, it stays on track; the mystery, however, never rises above the cliché that people, even in small towns, aren’t always what they seem.

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