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Canvas Reviews

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John Griffin
Montreal Gazette
January 9, 2009
It's worth hanging on for where Greco goes with this.
| Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2008
Movies don't come more personal than Canvas, writer/director/co-producer Joseph Greco's serious-minded exploration of the devastating effects unleashed by mental illness upon an otherwise tightly knit American family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
December 12, 2008
Though Canvas may not deviate much from the formula followed by so many other movies about families imperiled by health crises, it's unusually perceptive about the ways that loved ones process (or fail to process) the resulting stress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
December 12, 2008
There is something to be said for a filmmaker like Greco who takes the truth -- no matter how tough it is -- and turns it into a compelling drama about people we might know in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 11, 2008
It's like a public service announcement with dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
[A] strong first feature.
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Urban Cinefile
November 10, 2007
If it weren't for the terrific performances, Canvas would be a dull and lifeless film; Marcia Gay Harden explores the schizophrenic character of Mary with a judicial technique that is both compassionate and credible.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 24, 2007
Writer-director Joseph Greco makes a nice feature-film debut telling a true, disturbing story about a 10-year-old boy struggling to cope with a schizophrenic mother.
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Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2007
Canvas just doesn't sketch a sufficiently vivid portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 18, 2007
Canvas is worth seeing for the acting, but the disease-of-the-week conventions and hackneyed visuals pretty well knock the wind out of its sails.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 12, 2007
Greco succeeds where many others have failed in giving a real sense of what it is to grow up with a parent who's hobbled by mental illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pam Grady
Reel.com
October 12, 2007
Greco takes his biggest risk, perhaps, when he puts that boat in water with father and son manning the sails. It could be a mawkish scene that sinks everything that came before it, but like the watercraft that symbolizes so much, the movie remains afloat.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 12, 2007
I can see why it was a hit at film festivals. I only hope it now gets its due in theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 12, 2007
First-time filmmaker Joseph Greco draws on personal experience for this devastating yet honest portrait of an ordinary Florida family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 12, 2007
Though Harden has the showier role, a subdued Pantoliano is the movie's real star. Sometimes, the quietest performances are the most powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 12, 2007
Canvas is a serious film about mental illness and a sentimental heartwarmer, and succeeds in both ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 12, 2007
Canvas is a movie that rings emotionally true, despite structural contrivances and dim, washed-out color.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
October 12, 2007
Small and slow-moving, and not in a way that means finely detailed and pensive.
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
October 11, 2007
Despite its admirable qualities, Canvas fizzles and falls into cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
October 11, 2007
An absence of detail means that Canvas teaches little about what it's like to be mentally ill or to know someone who is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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