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Canvas Reviews

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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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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
October 11, 2007
Despite its admirable qualities, Canvas fizzles and falls into cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 11, 2008
It's like a public service announcement with dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
October 9, 2007
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.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
September 28, 2007
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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John Anderson
Variety
September 4, 2007
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.
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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
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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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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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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
[A] strong first feature.
Urban Cinefile Critics
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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2007
An unusually sensitive take on schizophrenia.
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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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