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The Canyon (2009)

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Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 7

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A newly married couple finds their dream honeymoon turned into a survivalist nightmare in the indie thriller The Canyon. After eloping to Las Vegas, newlyweds Nick (Eion Bailey) and Lori (Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski) decide to take a mule tour of the Grand Canyon. But the pleasure trip turns deadly when the pair's untrustworthy guide, Henry (Will Patton), gets them lost in the Arizona desert, leading to their desperate fight for survival in the unforgiving wilderness. ~ Sandra Bencic, Rovi

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Steve Allrich

Nov 17, 2009

Magnolia Pictures

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If well-meaning people didn't make stupid choices -- and if cellphones worked everywhere -- way fewer vacation-from-hell thrillers would probably be made.

December 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The Canyon is undermined by the expectation of a big payoff that never comes.

October 30, 2009
Dallas Morning News
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The best thing about this would-be nature thriller is Will Patton's zesty performance as a cackling, crazed muleskinner, a wily old hand who exits far too soon. There's nothing much to replace him, so we're in for a long 102 minutes.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Hint to newlyweds: Don't honeymoon in a primeval wilderness populated by diamondback rattlesnakes, aggressive wolves and alcoholic wilderness guides.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Canyon is so singularly inept it gives you a whole new appreciation for the ept.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The Canyon could be named for the gaping expanse between its preposterously silly dialogue and sturdy, at times urgent direction.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Watch this... or a giant hole in the ground. Same difference.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Horror.com
Horror.com

Take Open Water, subtract the Caribbean, substitute the Grand Canyon, and you have The Canyon.

November 5, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A taut, unpredictable and intense thriller. You'll never look at the Grand Canyon the same way again.

October 31, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

The Canyon attests to how a first-rate character actor can elevate a poor film to the ranks of the mediocre.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

For a story so bald on narrative incident, The Canyon is sweaty-palms scary.

October 28, 2009 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

We've seen much of The Canyon before, but the crisp execution transforms the film into more than just a boilerplate thriller.

October 25, 2009 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

Competent execution and respectable performances still can't save this threadbare attempt at a minimalistic Deliverance.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Canyon

I have no idea where the 10million dollar budget went, but this cautionary tale of yuppies getting lost in the grand canyon is well done, but nothing revolutionary. The final act is probably the strongest, which is rare.
December 8, 2010
kenstachnik

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I have never heard of this movie, but wow was it good! It has a really shocking ending, too, which really makes or breaks a movie for me. I definitely recommend this.
October 14, 2010
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