Laurel Canyon Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 11, 2011
It's a story about how people get seduced by Los Angeles. That still happens, you know.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 21, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
It pulled me in with its friendly, inclusive, nonjudgmental appraisal of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 26, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kenny Hogart
Future Movies UK
November 22, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
November 11, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
October 24, 2003
Frances McDormand lets loose in a terrific new role as record producer, mother, and corrupter of curious girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 4, 2003
'Laurel Canyon' is a little dangerous, a bit unconventional and very seductive.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 20, 2003
...essentially worth checking out if only for the performances and Cholodenko's admittedly steady directorial hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
July 3, 2003
Real people, real situations. Laurel Canyon is a keeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Charlie Brown
FilmStew.com
June 4, 2003
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.
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 23, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
May 21, 2003
Interesting and distinctive but held back from greatness by forcing complex characters through tidy character arcs.
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
May 6, 2003
An enjoyable little film about fidelity and intimacy among different generations. Worth seeing just for McDormand's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 5, 2003
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-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 28, 2003
It's nice, but truthfully it never pulled me in.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 25, 2003
McDormand plays the exact opposite of her role in Almost Famous, and darned if she isn't just as terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
April 25, 2003
An immediate guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
April 25, 2003
It's an earnest, grown-up drama with some strong points, and it's extraordinarily well-acted.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 14, 2012
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Lori Allen
Zap2it.com
February 25, 2004

Guardian
January 15, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 7, 2003
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 16, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003

Baltimore Sun
May 23, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 11, 2003
Nick Schager
Nitrate Online
March 14, 2003
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