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Canvas Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
December 12, 2008
Though Canvas may not deviate much from the formula followed by so many other movies about families imperiled by health crises, it's unusually perceptive about the ways that loved ones process (or fail to process) the resulting stress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 24, 2007
Writer-director Joseph Greco makes a nice feature-film debut telling a true, disturbing story about a 10-year-old boy struggling to cope with a schizophrenic mother.
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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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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 18, 2007
Canvas is worth seeing for the acting, but the disease-of-the-week conventions and hackneyed visuals pretty well knock the wind out of its sails.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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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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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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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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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
October 11, 2007
Despite its admirable qualities, Canvas fizzles and falls into cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2007
An unusually sensitive take on schizophrenia.
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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.