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Laurel Canyon Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It's a story about how people get seduced by Los Angeles. That still happens, you know.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 11, 2011
Emanuel Levy

As a follow up to High Art, this melodrama is not as good or provocative as Cholodenko's debut. Even so, the film deals with female (lesbian) sexuality and as such deserves recognition.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

April 21, 2011
Rob Gonsalves

It pulled me in with its friendly, inclusive, nonjudgmental appraisal of human nature.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

September 24, 2007
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

Despite a great ensemble of actors, it will leave you hanging from a cliff.

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 13, 2004
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

'We're left with a film that doesn't create enough interest in what went on in those Laurel Canyon backyards to justify pulling over and watching.'

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

March 3, 2004
Annette Dasey

No matter how many times she pushes her specs up her nose Beckinsale is never going to be believable as a nerd. Bale as a psychiatrist: it's easier to envisage him as Batman.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2003
Marcy Dermansky

Frances McDormand lets loose in a terrific new role as record producer, mother, and corrupter of curious girls.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 24, 2003
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'Laurel Canyon' is a little dangerous, a bit unconventional and very seductive.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 4, 2003
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...essentially worth checking out if only for the performances and Cholodenko's admittedly steady directorial hand.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 20, 2003
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Real people, real situations. Laurel Canyon is a keeper.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 3, 2003
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

McElhone and Bale are more overt, acting mostly with rigid faces, tousled hair and at least 64 shiny, well-displayed teeth.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer

June 6, 2003
Charlie Brown

From the choice of L.A.'s musical bohemia to finding the right tension in each scene, director Lisa Cholodenko has hit another home run.

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June 4, 2003
Sean O'Connell
Flipside Movie Emporium

With vocal inflections and a caring glance, McDormand rescues the mother-son dynamic that twists through Canyon like the famed Mulholland Drive.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C+

May 28, 2003
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

Interesting and distinctive but held back from greatness by forcing complex characters through tidy character arcs.

Full Review Source: Film Experience

May 21, 2003
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

An enjoyable little film about fidelity and intimacy among different generations. Worth seeing just for McDormand's performance.

Full Review Source: Des Moines Register | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 6, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Laurel Canyon telegraphs far too much of its unoriginal story to genuinely hold our interest. We find ourselves wishing we could leave these characters nattering in the living room and wander around the house looking at the souvenirs and photographs. We'r

Full Review | Original Score: B-

May 5, 2003
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

How far can you follow the psychosexual exploits of folks you aren't all that drawn to in the first place?

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

May 2, 2003
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Cholodenko has made a huge mistake in casting Bale and Beckinsale as her leads. While their blandness seems to be appropriate for the characters they're played, neither is very interesting.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

May 2, 2003
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

By the time Laurel Canyon closes, we're left with a number of dangling subplots, lots of questions and two hideously unbelievable reconciliations.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2003
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Just when you thought the "La-La Land" cliche ... had been done to death, along comes the indie-film variation in Laurel Canyon.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 2, 2003
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