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


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Canvas Reviews

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Matt Pais

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 11, 2007
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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Despite its admirable qualities, Canvas fizzles and falls into cliche.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 11, 2007
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Small and slow-moving, and not in a way that means finely detailed and pensive.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 12, 2007
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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A pair of well-shaded performances by Joe Pantoliano and Marcia Gay Harden dignifies a sincere but innocuous look at a blue-collar husband's struggle with his wife's schizophrenia.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

January 18, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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It's like a public service announcement with dialogue.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

December 11, 2008
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011

Los Angeles Times
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Canvas just doesn't sketch a sufficiently vivid portrait.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 19, 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
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
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
John Anderson
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Auds will experience the joy of discovery in Greco's fact-based drama -- not just in its perspective on schizophrenia and the effect of the disease on one Florida family, but in Joe Pantoliano's cliche-demolishing performance.

Full Review Source: Variety

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

November 18, 2011

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
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
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
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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An unusually sensitive take on schizophrenia.

September 4, 2007
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