• PG-13, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Joseph Greco
    In Theaters:
    Oct 12, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 29, 2008
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Canvas Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
John Griffin
Montreal Gazette

It's worth hanging on for where Greco goes with this.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 9, 2009

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 Source: Metro | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 12, 2008
Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2008
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

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 Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

December 12, 2008
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

[A] strong first feature.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

April 3, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 10, 2007
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 24, 2007
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2007
Pam Grady

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

October 12, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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I can see why it was a hit at film festivals. I only hope it now gets its due in theaters.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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First-time filmmaker Joseph Greco draws on personal experience for this devastating yet honest portrait of an ordinary Florida family.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Canvas is a serious film about mental illness and a sentimental heartwarmer, and succeeds in both ways.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Canvas is a movie that rings emotionally true, despite structural contrivances and dim, washed-out color.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

October 12, 2007
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Greco's sincerity is so palpable that the frequent uplift feels deserved, but with just-passable filmmaking and the demeaning score, Canvas falls somewhere between powerful indie and made-for-TV diversion.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 9, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Writer-director Joseph Greco's refusal to explain the roots of Mary's madness gives John's desperate desire to summon happier days a bewitching poignancy.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 7, 2007
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

The director happens to know the often maligned subject of mental illness well from his own childhood as the son of a psychotic mother, and he embraces it with genuine feeling, emotional spontaneity and absence of consciously formulated dramatic pretense.

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September 28, 2007
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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An unusually sensitive take on schizophrenia.

September 4, 2007
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