Way Too Indie - "I loved this movie, and I don’t often say that so explicitly in a review. The script captures the humanity of an imperfect character...Zvibleman never pushes too hard at Will’s emotional baggage and hits the subtle comedic notes on point...Both [McVeigh-Schultz and Zvibleman] ease into their roles as if the story is their own. McVeigh-Schultz also supplies the script, and it’s a winner. The film has a way with dialogue...Echo Lake succeeds in large part thanks to its relatability and willingness not to indulge in storybook endings...For a film about moments, not gigantic belts of emotion, first-time director McVeigh-Schultz should be proud for hitting many of them right on the mark."
Watch This Space Film Magazine - "One of the strongest dramas of the year... Writer/director Jody McVeigh-Schultz’s film has a haunting edge and a narrative that, while we’ve covered such ground before, feels fresh and original. It’s a film about relationships, but has the guts to treat the material with a maturity and sensitivity... The landscapes of California play a large part in the film’s ability to contain a personal drama within an epic canvas, beautifully captured by cinematographer Andrew Rydzewski... Also refreshing is Christine Weatherup as Erin, a wonderfully rounded portrait of a woman who is strong and intelligent, her faith in Will both her biggest flaw and her greatest quality... Such parts are rare for females in films these days and Weatherup capitalises on this brilliantly.... It’s an almost film stealing performance, were it not for Sam Zvibleman. As Will, Zvibleman...brings a quiet empathy, deceptively restrained at first, yet, paying off big time by the film’s final scenes. And it’s this quiet resolution, as satisfying as it is ambiguous, that is Echo Lake’s trump card. No grandiose speeches, no declarations of love, no rush to the airport. As in life itself, the real drama happens in small rooms, on cell phones, or through the simple notion of acceptance of one’s own short comings. This is a film for an audience interested in character and story. A truthful portrait of how redundant our grudges from the past can be. Stick with the film and you’ll cry like a baby. A triumph."