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The Canyons Reviews

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Jo-Anne Titmarsh

A little twist at the end of the film is not enough to salvage the other ninety minutes of cinematic torture.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 1/5

August 30, 2013
Will Leitch

The Canyons appears to be the only movie of the last 25 years to be scandalized that movie producers are sketchy liars, young actors sometimes have to sleep with people to get better roles, and movies are produced more to make money than to create art.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: D+

August 5, 2013
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist

While not about pornography, The Canyons can't help but possess that same lurid whiff of XXX material, from the crotchy, skeevy sweatiness, right down to its poor acting, tossed-off dialogue and visibly low production values...

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: D

July 30, 2013
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News

Any hope of sneaky commentary or ironic appropriation of porn's tawdry incompetence disappears long before Deen's pants.

Full Review Source: Bloomberg News

August 1, 2013
John Serba

It's something you'd watch when you need to catch up on your magazine reading... Even as exploitation, The Canyons is a failure.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 2, 2013
Zeba Blay
Digital Spy

The Canyons is no style and no substance, an exercise in poor judgement and stunt casting gone horribly wrong.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

August 21, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

The Canyons is flawed in a number of ways, but it remains a genuinely curious proposition (no, seriously) due to the unusual nature of its production and the eclectic assortment of talent involved.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 10, 2014
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered

Considering this is a film directed by Paul Schrader and written by Bret Easton Ellis, The Canyons is a limp and toothless piece of work from two artists who should know better.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3/10

August 4, 2013
William Bibbiani

Two good leads are not enough to make The Canyons feel like anything but a failed experiment in intentional low-budget pretentiousness.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 4/10

August 2, 2013
Vincent Mancini

Imagine American Psycho if Patrick Bateman only killed because he was angry about other dudes banging Evelyn.

Full Review Source: FilmDrunk | Original Score: C-

August 6, 2013
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

The Canyons is Easton Ellis cannibalising himself, Schrader badly forging Drive and hack stunt casting of a walking appendage and a starlet that should have been in rehab.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 0.5/5

September 15, 2013
Matt Patches
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Has all the elegance and depth of a daytime soap opera.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5.3/10

July 29, 2013
Shaun Munro
What Culture

A deeply ugly film from top to bottom, but more importantly, how can a collaboration between Lohan, Deen, Ellis and Schrader be so dull?

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

July 30, 2013
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
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Ellis' script seems to invite cartoonish over-stylization-an invitation that Schrader's jagged, jarring direction resists at every opportunity.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

August 1, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Ellis throws in lots of references to social media in a desperate bid for cultural currency, while Schrader intersperses the drama with pretentious shots of boarded-up movie theaters to suggest this is all a metaphor for the death of cinema.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 15, 2013
Ian Buckwalter
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Schrader just seems angry, as if he's using this film as a tinny megaphone for an announcement of his displeasure with a Hollywood that's left him behind.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 2/10

August 2, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

Partly funded by Kickstarter and notoriously troubled, The Canyons is hardly worth the effort, an impotent attempt at contemporary noir that ultimately can't perform.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 4.2/10

August 14, 2013
Margot Harrison
Seven Days

It sidesteps tawdriness only to succumb to torpor.

Full Review Source: Seven Days | Original Score: 4/10

August 14, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...feels like a toxic kiss-off note to Hollywood, and the only thing I'm really wondering about is whether Lohan and Deen (and others involved in the production) are the director's collaborators or victims.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 82/100

October 17, 2013
James Berardinelli
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Sadly, this is a case when the behind-the-scenes story is more intriguing than the one told in the film.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

August 4, 2013
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